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WWD and Maria Sharapova

Last night celebrated its first anniversary in style with a gala cocktail party headlined by tennis super star and global Porsche Ambassador Maria Sharapova.  The night was filled with champagne, canapés, a live charity auction, an exclusive Q&A with Maria and of course, a womanwithdrive customised tennis court.


Arriving in true Porsche Panamera style, Maria stepped out of the car and onto the black carpet in an elegant yet summery design.


More than 200 female Porsche customers with their partners and friends were treated to a special night as Maria shared her insight into the drive and commitment it takes to stay a successful elite athlete while embarking on various entrepreneurial and charity activities throughout her career.


At only 26 years of age, Maria Sharapova has achieved so much in such a short amount of time.  On the Pro Tour since her teens, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, an entrepreneur, Porsche’s global ambassador and a serious woman with drive.


TV presenter, Sonia Kruger, was the MC for the event and showed us all why she is queen of the screen.


Sonia began the festivities by introducing WWD and explaining the motivation behind the site – To provide an interesting, concise and intelligent site for the discerning woman.  Of course, not forgetting to mention that fast cars and turbocharged engines are no longer things we only associate with men.


In an intimate on-stage interview, Maria said the secret behind maintaining her focus was her passion for the sport. According to Maria, it’s passion that drives the hard work and dedication needed to be successful. She was also asked if she had any role models and Maria named Monica Seles for her tough and ‘never give up’ attitude, and Audrey Hepburn for her elegance, beauty and always walking with her head held high and a smile on her face.


Maria also gave the guests the inside story on the development of her Sugapova candy range. She is closely involved with the development of the range from the flavours to the design and packaging. After winning the French Open in Paris, she even visited the factory in Spain to oversee quality control and manufacturing.


When asked how she would like to be remembered, Maria said she had many ventures ahead and so much she wants to accomplish, but she would like to be remembered as a professional and someone that worked hard for everything she achieved.


It was great to celebrate our first anniversary with such a superstar and look forward to many more years to come.


But ladies, there was one thing that we didn’t show you last night. The very latest exclusive created through a new collaboration between and Melbourne designer Leonard Street.

Watch this space.

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