Maria Sharapova: The No 1 tennis player turned multi-millionaire businesswoman 

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    Maria Sharapova, the famous Russian former tennis player, has had an incredible run in her career. Post her successful tennis career, she has become a multi-millionaire businesswoman. Her incredible journey from a sportswoman to a top-rated businessman is indeed a must-read.

    Maria Sharapova’s journey from No 1 tennis woman to successful business woman 

    She participated in the WTA Tour from 2001 to 2020. She was ranked number one in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association for 21 weeks.

    She is one among the ten women and the only Russian to win a career Grand Slam. Maria Sharapova is an Olympic Silver Medalist, too, and has 36 career titles in her cabinet. 

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    She holds the record of ranking at number one just at the age of 18 on 22nd August in 2005. The tennis queen has two French Open titles and one Wimbledon, Australian and US Open. 

    Throughout her tennis career, Maria Sharapova was a sought-after endorsement figure. She represented numerous brands and appeared in various advertising campaigns. 

    She had faced controversies in her career when, in 2016, she failed a drug test. She tested positive for taking meldonium, a substance that the World Anti-Doping Agency had banned. 

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    The International Tennis Federation suspended her for two years. However, her sentence was reduced later as it was proved she took it on the doctor’s recommendation and on good faith. 

    Maria Sharapova has been featured in various modeling assignments including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Sharapova had her comeback to the WTA Tour on 26 April 2017 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. 

    According to Forbes, she has been the highest-paid female athlete in the world for eleven consecutive years and earned a whopping US$285m including the prize money. 

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    In 2018, she kickstarted a new program that mentored women entrepreneurs. 

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    Glorious Business Venture 

    In 2012, she launched her confectionary brand Sugarpova in 2012. It reported an incredible $20m in sales in 2019. In 2014, the tennis queen invested in the sunscreen brand Supergoop. 

    Later, she made an appearance in the American TV Show Shark Tank in 2020 and joined hands with Mark Cuban to invest $900,000 in a 30% stake in Wearable Wrist and ankle weights company Bala Bangles. 

    Her studded business career was further glorified as she became one of the Board of Directors of fashion brand Moncler. She is also an advisor to brands Naked Retail and Bright. 

    A career so beautiful and glorious is indeed a great read. A Russian girl who dared to see the dreams and had achieved every bit of it. Undoubtedly, she is one of the best players the sport has ever seen and an incredible name in the business world. 

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