Maria Sharapova is a tennis megastar, fashionista, model, self-proclaimed sweet tooth, humanitarian and lover of speed and power. Her tennis serve has been recorded at over 200km/h and she is a confirmed Porsche fan having won a 911 Carrera S Cabriolet last year in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
Born in Russia and living in the United States, Sharapova has achieved victories at all four Grand Slam tournaments in women’s tennis and she was ranked number one for a total of 21 weeks.
Maria was appointed as the Porsche global ambassador this year and CEO of Porsche AG, Matthias Mueller says “Maria Sharapova is an exceptional athlete. She combines top performance in her sports with elegance and power. These are precisely the qualities that are embroiled in our sports cars,” he says. According to Mueller it was not easy to find the right person to be Porsche Ambassador. “Maria Sharapova is the perfect choice. Her profile and charisma are an ideal fit for Porsche. She is also highly respected around the world and enjoys an outstanding reputation,” he says.
Maria Sharapova did not really have to think twice: “I have had the privilege to be associated with some of the best brands in the world, but now to be partners with Porsche is such an amazing honour”, she explains.
For Porsche, the choice of Maria Sharapova as brand ambassador extends its long-term commitment to women’s tennis. The company sponsors the German women’s national team, which competes as the Porsche Team Germany in the Fed Cup, and the Porsche Talent Team Germany, which supports promising young players. “We are fully committed to these activities for a long term. And with Maria Sharapova, we are now extending our involvement in women’s tennis globally”, Mueller adds.
Maria Sharapova was born in the Western Siberian town of Nyagan on 18 April, 1987. When she was seven years old she moved to Bradenton on the Gulf Coast of Florida (USA). Two years later she was accepted at the world-renowned Tennis Academy of coach Nick Bollettieri.
In 2004, at the age of 17, she won her first Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon, the third-youngest player ever. This feat was followed by titles in the other three Grand Slam tournaments: U.S. Open 2006, Australian Open 2008, and French Open 2012. To date, Maria Sharapova has won a total of 28 singles titles, including last year´s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, the WTA Championships in 2004, and the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Earlier this year, Maria launched a line of fun, flirty and quirky candies with some proceeds from sales going to the “Maria Sharapova Foundation” – which helps young talented children to pursue their dreams through education. Maria is also active as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program and the perfect example of a woman with drive .
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