Glamour: What's your personal relationship with fragrance? Do you remember your first exposure to perfume?
Maria Sharapova: I remember when my mother gave me my first fragrance. I was a young teenager and felt all grown-up after that moment. After admiring her pretty bottles for so many years, I felt so mature having my own. I don't wear a fragrance on the court, but I do for special occasions. I wear Luck any time I'm going out to dinner with friends or attending an event. It makes me feel elegant.
Glamour: Your skin always looks gorgeous. How do you do it?
MS: I don't wear any makeup on the court, whether practicing or competing, to keep my pores open. I also follow a strict sun-care regimen religiously to protect against skin cancer and keep my skin feeling hydrated. My choice of career keeps me in the sun continuously, so adhering to a routine strictly is incredibly important. When practicing, I use Supergoop's waterproof Everyday 50 SPF, and on days off, the City Serum SPF 30.
Glamour: What are your three hero products?
MS: Bronzer, hairpins, and ponytail holders.
Glamour: A favorite beauty trick?
MS: I like to apply a clear lip balm followed by a lip pencil in a light pink color. Then I fill in the color throughout my lips.
Glamour: Let's play fill-in-the-blanks: "If I could have anyone's _____, it would be _______."
MS: If I could have anyone's eyebrows, it would have been Audrey Hepburn's. She was so ahead of her time!
Between her talent—she’s currently ranked 2nd in the world for women’s tennis—and her height—6-foot-2—Maria Sharapova is larger than life. A decade ago, the 27-year-old Russian native catapulted to fame by beating Serena Williams to win Wimbledon. She has gone on to win five grand slam tournaments and thanks to a savvy business sense and partnerships with brands like Nike, Canon, and now Avon, Maria is the world’s highest paid female athlete—a title she’s held onto for over decade. Gorgeous, savvy, and powerful both on and off the court, Maria talks beauty tips, vodka, and what makes her so competitive.
BB: I’m so happy to interview you for Yahoo Beauty. Watching you play tennis always makes me wish I could play better. My husband owns a tennis club and hits a mean ball, but unfortunately I can’t play!
MS: [Laughs.] Well I am not good at many other things, so I am lucky to be good at that.
BB: But you’re a businesswoman, model and a high-ranking tennis player—is there really anything you’re not great at?
MS: I am not a great dancer! There are many things I am not great at. I haven’t perfected cooking because I haven’t had the time, but I really love food. I really wish that I could be a good cook, especially for my future children one day.
BB: What kind of food do you love?
MS: I grew up with Russian cuisine, with my grandmother’s cooking, so I would have to go with that. Like borsch and Russian dumplings, and all of the different salads, it’s a type of comfort food.
BB: My grandparents are Russian, so I love the food, too. I also love vodka—it’s probably in my blood!
MS: I don’t like straight vodka. I do like a cocktail with vodka in it!
BB: Oh I love straight vodka. I am very Russian! So talk to me about fragrance—you spoke about your mother and grandmother, do you remember them ever wearing perfume when you were a little girl?
MS: Yes absolutely. I remember when we came over to the United States, I was still quite young, I wasn’t familiar with makeup or beauty or fragrance, but I remember my mom’s drawer, and as a young girl you always look at the pretty bottles. My first memory of fragrance is trying all these different scents. It’s a rookie mistake, spraying on like five at a time. You don’t know what’s going on, they are all so pretty and you are doing something your mom doesn’t know about. Later she gave me one of her bottles—an Estee Lauder bottle—that I loved using for many years.
BB: You’re the face of Avon’s new fragrance Luck, tell me about it.
MS: I would say it has a very light oriental texture with a bit of white flower. Some of my friends have said it’s a fruity, but to me it is a flower base, which is nice because I usually tend to go for fragrances that I can put on in the morning and carry with me throughout the whole day. That is part of my lifestyle, as it is for many women. We’re all so busy that we lean toward something with which you can start and finish off your day.
BB: I love that it’s called Luck. Do you feel like luck has had anything to do with your success? It looks to me like it’s thanks to your drive, determination, and skill.
MS: Yeah for me I have always gone by the motto, “The harder you work the more luck you receive,” because I really do believe that you create your own luck. When something happens to you in a moment where you think, “Gosh that was lucky.” But when you actually think about it you realize, “I worked for luck to come at this period of time, I just didn’t expect it in this moment.” That is kind of how I see luck. It is a big part of my career and I play a very individual sport and sometimes it feels good to be lucky, but on occasion you’re like, “No, I actually worked for that moment to go my way.”
BB: In addition to being an incredible athlete, you have this intense business savvy. How did you learn that?
MS: I became interested in business and started working with blue chip brands where I would sit in meetings with incredibly talented people in different fields—whether it was marketing or creative from Nike to TAG Heuer. I wanted to be part of the process and be part of the commitment. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s never just your name or picture on a product, and I think that is one of the reasons I have been successful. I have really enjoyed the process of getting to know a brand—its history, its heritage, its goals, kind of taking that in because I never had a traditional education. I started my candy brand Sugarpova a few years ago, and I had no idea about candy. I took all of the expertise that I’d gathered in all those years.
BB: I also learned everything about business from on-the job training; I never went to business school, so I do understand. You’re both aggressive and powerful on the court, are you that way when it comes to work?
MS: I am very competitive [laughing] and I think that shows not just in tennis, but in everything else that I do. I am very competitive away from the court. I’ve worked with most of the brands for years, so I carry a close connection to them. I become competitive even though most of them are not my brands! I do have that will and determination to succeed and I think one of the reasons is because I try not to fear failure and I try not to shy away from experimenting, to set goals that are way beyond my reach. Even if I just achieve a small part of it, it puts a smile on my face.
BB:. Do you do your own makeup before hitting the court?
MS: No,I don’t go on court with makeup. People always ask me about my beauty routine, but I think that beauty always comes in the way that you take care of your skin—not in the makeup you put on your face. Hydrating your skin, getting enough sleep, wearing sunscreen, those things are so basic, but we overlook them so often. I grew up playing in the Florida sun since I was seven years old and sunscreen was such a huge part of my beauty regime and still is.
BB: You are so incredibly centered for someone who has grown up in the public eye; it’s wonderful to speak with you. I hope to meet you soon! You’re 6’2 and I am 5’ so I can only imagine the photo-op!
MS: [Laughs]. I will make sure I don’t wear heels.
BB: It’s ok. Like you, I have to be confident in my own skin because it’s the only one I have.
Maria Sharapova had a magical moment with one of her toughest fans recently, surprising 10-year-old cancer survivor Sunny Logan with a hit at the IMG Academy. Logan, who began playing tennis at age five and started competing at age eight, had been diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare cancer of the lymphatic system. With the help of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, she overcame the disease, and began hitting the courts again - and she was surprised with a dream trip to hit at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
What came next for Logan, who had already overcome the unthinkable, was, well, another unthinkable. "We had been talking about her all day - she was on the hall of fame board, and they had pictures of her everywhere," Logan told The Today Show, referring to her favorite tennis player, Sharapova. "I was hitting some serves and then I turn around, and there she is. And I was just speechless.
"I did not know what to do." "Is this Sunny?" Sharapova said when Logan saw her. "I heard there's this incredible tennis player playing on center court here. I'm Maria. It's very nice to meet you. Can I get a hug?" Sharapova then stepped it up. "So do you want to hit some balls with me?" she said. Watch Sharapova and Logan hit - and Logan's interview with The Today Show - at the top of this story.
Sharapova arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, according to a report on GMA News' "Saksi" Thursday night. Sharapova, ranked No. 2 in the Women's Tennis Association, arrived aboard Cathay Pacific flight CX-902, GMA News stringer Ariel Fernandez added.
Earlier, other big names for the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) arrived in the country, GMA News stringer Ariel Fernandez reported. Andy Murray arrived aboard an Emirates Air flight while Daniela Hantuchova arrived aboard an Air China flight.
Andy Murray’s Manila Mavericks fell to defeat in their opening contest of the first International Premier Tennis League. The Scot is playing in the four parts series along with some of the top names in the game past and present, with the first round of fixtures played in the Philippines this weekend.
Maria Sharapova came back from 2-5 down in her clash with Kristina Mladenovic to win 6-5 before Murray faced US Open champions Marin Cilic in the final singles needing a 6-2 win to force a shootout.
Murray surrendered an early break to Cilic to fall 2-1 behind but managed to respond to force a tie-break at 5-5 all. Team coach and player Treat Huey said to Murray at the changeover 'you're all over him', as the Mavericks tried to stay in contention. However in the timed tie-break Cilic built a decisive lead to beat Murray and secure the UAE's victory 29-24.