Wimbledon Champ Maria Sharapova Talks Playing Tennis With Anna Wintour and Her Willy Wonka Career Move: EXCLUSIVE

21 June 2013 by

Chatting at Selfridges with Maria Sharapova last night

 Last night Grazia Daily had a one on one with the female powerhouse that is, Maria Sharapova at the launch of her new sweet range, Sugarpova at Selfridges. Looking divine in Pre Fall Chloe and some super high yellow Christian Louboutins we were mesmerised by the woman who has become a one woman brand. Last year Maria set up her sweet line, was the face of Tag Heur, became the first female Russian flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, continued to design her own line for Nike and became only the tenth woman to win all four tennis grand slams. Casual! Its safe to say we are in complete awe, plus her team confessed that Maria was a major Grazia fan!

So what did we ask the highest paid sportswoman in the world? Well we talked Charlie and The Chocolate Factory inspirations, Anna Wintour and just how simple her pre-court beauty ritual is. Check out the top ten things we found out from the tennis ace and scroll down to see her on and off court style file.

1. Maria sees herself as a Willy Wonka of the future….

I did really love that movie (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) you might call it an early inspiration for Sugarpova! I have watched it hundreds of times, not recently though but I have watched it many, many times! I have always loved it and the whole experience of candy and that comes from having such a sweet tooth and the love of the candy experience.

2. In a Willy Wonka esque ‘Maria Sharapova and The Sweet Factory’ musical guess who Maria would want to play her…

Oh gosh, I love Gwyneth Paltrow! It would have to be her. And we are almost the same height!

3. Anna Wintour is her go to guru….

She gives me great advice on the different projects I have done in my career and when I first thought about Sugarpova I went into her offices to pick her brain, discussed my vision and how I saw it and she gave incredible input. You know she has been in the business for so many years so its nice to have her support definitely.

4. Wintour is also her dream fashion doubles partner….

Well Anna plays a lot so she’s secretly an incredible player and would be great around the court!

5. And with Anna on her team she would want to compete against…

Oh gosh! That would be fun. Maybe Tom Ford and Mario Testino. That would be a good one! (How chic!!!!)

Frowing with Anna Wintour

 6. How she dresses on court is crucial to her performance…

It’s good to feel comfortable with what you are wearing, because you obviously don’t want to worry about anything except the match and how you play. So with what you are wearing it’s just extremely important to be comfortable and confident.

7. She wants to push the boundaries with her tennis wear…

I like to be unique to what’s out there on the market. I have had my own collection with Nike for a couple of years now so we try to create pieces that are unexpected to the eye and they are maybe not the best seller, you know a polo shirt in tennis will always be a best seller because you go to a traditional club and everyone is playing in a polo and a skirt. But we want to push the boundaries and do something interesting and exciting and that’s always been my goal in life in general!

8. She is thankful for the legacy of Billie Jean King (our hero of the moment!)…

I feel really proud to be in the position I am in today and to help the generation ahead of me. I had Billie Jean King who helped so much when I was a junior, she saw the generation coming up and she knew they would be the ones facing today’s world and she created this opportunity for us. I am so pleased to be part of the 40th Anniversary celebration of the WTA (which Billie Jean King was instrumental in setting up!).


Sugarpova is avaliable exclusively at Selfridges, £4.99 per pack

9. Her pre match beauty ritual consists of….

It’s so simple, it’s a pony tail and sun screen. I always practice outside so sunscreen is so important, if I had to get rid of everything from my beauty bag and only have one product left it would be sunscreen!

10. Maria won’t be doing a ‘Victoria Beckham’ anytime soon.

I have been really fortunate to be part of different collaborations (Maria is the face of Tag Heur) but at the end of the day I only just started Sugarpova last year, I want to build this into a world-wide brand. There are still so many countries I want to see it in. It’s import to keep my feet on the ground before exploring other areas.

It’s safe to say Maria is our girl crush of the moment. We will be your towel girls at Wimbledon next week Maria, for sure! Take a look at the gallery below to see Maria’s on court and off court style.

Sugarpova is available exclusively at Selfridges for £4.99 per pack.

GALLERY >> Check out Maria's On and Off Court Style File

This year's Wimbeldon outfit

At last night's Sugarpova event wearing Chloe and a close up of those Louboutin heels!

Wearing Burberry and carring a Charlotte Olympia clutch at last night's WTA event

At the Otto LCM event this week

Working tailoring on court at Wimbledon 2008

Working a backless black dress as the face of Tag Heur F1 Ceramic Watches

Winning the Australian Open in 2008

In J.Mendal at the ESPY Awards, 2012. We want her legs!

Silk panels at the Australian Open 2010

Wearing custom Antonio Berardi at the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party in 2012

On court in Birmingham, 2010

Wearing Alexander McQueen at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars party

On court at the US Open, 2011

Wearing David Koma to Sugarpova launches in NYC and Australia

Personalised Nikes at the 2013 Australian Open

French open chic in 2010 and 2011

Golden goddess at the Pre-Wimbledon WTA party in 2010

Wimbledon outfits from 2011, 2005 and 2012

At an American Vogue party held in her honour in 2008

Move over V.B Maria knows how to turn an airport into a runway too. Carrying her 'Alice' Chloe handbag

Wearing Alexander McQueen at the WTA Pre-Wimbledon party in 2011

CDFA Fashion Fund Awards, 2010

On court in 2006 and taking the trend of the year, the empire line, into her tennis wardrobe.

With her French Open trophy in 2012

Frowing with Anna Wintour at New York Fashion Week in February

Wearing Amanda Wakeley at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Party

Wearing Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and sassy blue!

Wimbledon 2011

In Peter Som, Bottega Veneta and doing sheer

Competing at the French Open in 2008, 2007 and 2010

It's all about the waist! We want those 3.1 Phillip Lim gold shorts!

Bandana chic in 2009 and winning the US Open in 2006 wearing an Audrey Hepburn inspired dress

Wearing David Koma on Jimmy Fallon in 2012

Match ready looks from 2010, 2007 and 2011

Maria knows how to FROW. We love her Jason Wu coat, Carven top and Rag&Bone skirt combo!

From monochrome prints to flirty pink.

Doing masculine tailoring. Hello there Jason Wu blue dres!


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