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Tennis: Ten years on, Sharapova still brightest star

Published on Jun 20, 2014 4:44 PM
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova at a photo call to promote her Sugarpova candy range in London on June 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Ten years ago, Maria Sharapova routed Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final, climbed into the players' box to tearfully embrace her father Yuri and was immediately propelled into a life of staggering riches.

Just 17 at the time, Sharapova was the third-youngest women's champion after Lottie Dod and Martina Hingis.

If she was a virtual unknown in 2004, the statuesque Russian blonde is now the world's most widely-recognised and richest sportswoman, coining in comfortably around US$30 million (S$37.5 million) last year from earnings, off court and on.

"You know, at that stage you're 17 years old and of course you think it was a great tournament. Can I do that again? Can I win more majors? You always have those question marks," admitted Sharapova, after winning a second French Open and fifth Grand Slam event in Paris this month.

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