Maria Sharapova Reveals Why She Chose to Become an Entrepreneur at a Very Young Age

Published 12/04/2020, 4:30 PM EST
Tennis player Maria Sharapova poses for the media as she is unveiled as car manufacturer Porsche’s new brand ambassador at the Porsche Museum on April 22, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)


The biggest reason behind the former Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova‘s success is her strong-willed character. With 5 major titles and being the only Russian ever to win a career Grand Slam, Maria carried an incomparable competitors’ temperament. However, her drive didn’t contain only in tennis as the Russian also took on entrepreneurship at a very young age.

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The 33-year-old Russian founded Sugarpova in 2013 – a guilt-free candy company. Explaining her transition from athlete to entrepreneur, the 36 WTA titles winner responded subtly. Maria said, “As I got better and became more successful (in tennis), I realized that there’s so much more than being an athlete.

“Wanted to make more decisions”: Maria Sharapova

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 31: Maria Sharapova of Russia practices ahead of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on December 31, 2019, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Tertius Pickard/Getty Images)

Considering the magnitude of tennis and it being an individual competition, the players get the reward. Sharapova also benefitted well as she gained a tremendous following from her game. She also remained the highest-paid female athlete for 11 straight years, according to Forbes.

“The sport itself brought me so many opportunities, connections, networks, meetings, and brands that I got to be a part of and associated with,” the Russian said. Being a World No. 1 for 21 weeks, she realized that she could achieve more than she received. Sharapova added, “I just wanted to make so many more decisions than what was brought to me from these partnerships that I had.”

The Russian, even outside tennis, desired to stay ahead in the game. For that, she needed control and she needed to see her own vision brought into effect. Being a success in tennis from a young age gave her enough boost to make it happen.

“I make the decisions every single day”: Sharapova

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Serena Williams of the United States shakes hands with Maria Sharapova of Russia after defeating her in her Women’s Singles first round match during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

From a successful career spanning over almost two decades, Maria joined the greats just as a teenager. She gained the top rank of the WTA Rankings at the tender age of 18. Additionally, the Russian didn’t settle for a small part outside tennis.

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“I said I would love to own something a 100%,” said Sharapova. She included, “Where I create my own team, I bring in the right resources, the finances and I make the decisions every single day.”

For many, excelling at one thing can be a lifelong dream; Maria got the best of both worlds. Further ahead, the Russian also plans to extend her company to other business verticals. All in all, Sharapova is a great inspiration for young minds on and off the court.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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