Maria Sharapova: 'Me and father came to America with $700'



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Maria Sharapova: 'Me and father came to America with $700'

In an interview to Rebecca Jarvis podcast, Maria Sharapova spoke about how she fell in love with tennis. The Russian said: "I had this incredible focus of hitting this yellow fuzzy ball endlessly and I think the one quality that really stood out was that I was just able to do it repetitively and I was able to focus and concentrate."

Sharapova moved from Russia to the United States when she was around six years old. She has earned $300 million in her career but at the time it was very difficult for her and her family. “We came to America with only $700, and while he (her father) was trying to find ways to make money, I was at the big sporting academy in Florida just getting better and improving.

I didn’t know the language so I learned that very fast by being around so many children”. Sharapova finally reflected on the reasons why she founded her sweetie brand Sugarpova: “I recognized that tennis would not last forever, and I think as you have this one thing going on in your life and this one career path it’s as if you’re never going to make shifts and turns and I recognized at that time that, wow, I don’t know if I’m going to ever come back from the shoulder injury and at the time it was like I want to take all the experience that I’ve had in business and I want to apply it to Sugarpova."