The Russian discusses her dual careers so far.
WTA Staff
December 12, 2018

Maria Sharapova has revealed that the biggest shock of her dual careers in tennis and business so far came at Wimbledon - when she lifted the trophy in 2004.

"The biggest surprise in my career was when I won Wimbledon at 17 years old," she told Entrepreneur. "You don't really recognize the magnitude of the victory at that age. I was so young, and I never felt that I was ready for that type of victory."

Maria Sharapova (Getty)
Maria Sharapova (Getty)

She also spoke about her drive towards continued success, saying: "What drives me to achieve is the desire to get better and to improve."

A former World No.1, Sharapova was also the 2008 Australian Open champion, and in recent years has also launched her confectionary business Sugarpova as well as releasing her autobiography.

The 31-year-old added that achievement on and off the tennis court relies on a collective effort, and praised her team: "It's a really long process - it takes a large team to create those ideas...I'm a relationships person. When you understand the initiative behind a brain, it's so much more powerful when you get involved."