“One Step at a Time”: Maria Sharapova Reveals Her Daily Mantra of Being in the Present

Published 06/26/2021, 2:04 PM EDT
Maria Sharapova speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel on October 2, 2018 in Laguna Niguel, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Fortune)


Former Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has revealed that taking “one step at a time” helps her stay in the present instead of getting too carried away with chasing her goals and setting her priorities. The five-time Grand Slam champion added that often, she gets “way too ahead” of herself in making her plans and that’s when she reminds herself to slow down and take a step at a time.

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“My daily mantra is one step at a time. I feel that sometimes I get way too ahead of myself with my goals and my priorities and sometimes it certainly gets in the way of being present,” the two-time French Open champion said.

Maria Sharapova says she’d like to be remembered as someone who stayed true to herself

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Sharapova had immersed her mind and body into full-time entrepreneurship ever since she bid adieu to tennis in 2020.

While she found more time post-retirement for her pet project, eponymous global candy line ‘Sugarpova’, the former Russian tennis champion also dabbled in other commercial ventures in line with her interests.

 

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On the kind of legacy that she would like to leave behind, the former World No.1 said she would like to be remembered as someone who stayed true to her tastes and interests and did what she believed in.

“I would like my legacy to be that I stayed true and real and authentic to what I believed in and what I wanted to represent,” Sharapova said.

Sharapova said she wanted to be someone whom a teammate would ask to lead others onto the field

Sharapova added that though she played and excelled in an individual sport, she always wanted to be someone who a teammate would ask to lead the others out onto the field.

“Though I played in a very individual sport. I always wanted to be the person that a teammate would choose to get you out onto the field,” the Russian added.

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She said even in her playing days she took comfort in the knowledge that sports has its share of “ups and downs” and there are “victories” followed by “losses”.

The former Wimbledon champion added that she grew up learning from her mother that life is dotted with good times and bad times and one must always know that there’s light at the end of the dark tunnel.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 16: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her second round match against Karin Knapp of Italy during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I remember my mother telling me that life is like a zebra line, you’ve the dark lines and there’s always going to be sunshine around the corner in any way of life,” the Russian said.

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Goes without saying that the life lessons have served Sharapova well not only in her playing days but even after.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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