MARIA SHARAPOVA, is currently competing in the Italian Open, but has been denied wildcard entry to the French Open. The Russian tennis champ has gone up against Serena William and Anna Kournikova in her time – but was recently slammed by Andy Murray after her doping scandal.
Maria, 30, is one of the most talked about female tennis players in the world with a reputation that precedes her – not only thanks to her talent but also her stunning looks.
Unfortunately more recently she’s been not been hitting headlines for her talent on the court; Maria was recently handed a two year ban for doping, shortened to 15 months.
The former world number one tested positive for a banned substance – meldonium – but the Court of Arbitration for Sport stressed that she had not sought to break the doping rules deliberately.
In the wake of the sportswoman’s return to the game, Express.co.uk rounded up the sexiest pictures of the women who is admired by many fans for more than just her backhand.
It was revealed that she would not be invited to play at Roland Garros, otherwise known as the French Open, as French Tennis Federation (FFT) president Bernard Guidicelli said they hoped to “protect the game” by ruling out the star.
Maria has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions.
She is the only Russia woman to hold the career Grand Slam.
She also dated Maroon 5 signer Adam Levine in 2005, after they met at her 18th birthday.
Known as the Siberian Siren, she has been the face of Land Rover, Canon, Tag Heuer and Tiffany.
Tiffany also provided Sharapova with earrings from the “Tiffany for Maria Sharapova” collection at the four major tennis events, including Wimbledon.
She even crated her own line of sweet, named Sugarpova.
Later Maria became engaged to Slovenian professional basketball player Sasha Vujačić, however the relationship did not last.
Maria was also linked to Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.
She was listed in 2006 as the highest-paid female athlete in the world, with annual earnings of over ?13,905,000.
She has been named as one of the 50 most beautiful celebrities in the world by People Magazine.
Maria Sharapova leaning over a sun lounger
Bikini babe: Maria Sharapova is the only Russia woman to hold the career Grand Slam
Maria Sharapova wearing beautiful dresses
Blonde beauty: Maria was also linked to Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov
The youngster was the sixth most Googled sports person this year.
Tennis is known for a number of beautiful woman who play the sport, including Serena Williams and Anna Kournikova.
However, the player’s outfits can grab just as much attention as the players.
Kate Middleton’s anger at Prince William over his lifestyle: ‘Making me look bad’
KATE MIDDLETON was left furious with Prince William after he was pictured dancing on a podium alongside another woman just days after another encounter in a nightclub.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced Kate will host a charity Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey next week. Taking place on December 8, the event will be televised in the lead up to Christmas. Kate and William’s increasingly integral role within the Royal Family has also shown the strength of their relationship. Earlier this year, the Cambridges celebrated 10 years of marriage. They didn’t reach the milestone without challenging moments, however, as highlighted by a 2007 report.
It claimed that William had been seen dancing on a podium in Bournemouth, attracting the attention of another woman.
This came just days after newspaper reports claimed William was seen sharing an embrace with a woman while on a “boys’ night out” in Boujis, London.
The newspaper quoted a friend of Kate’s who said the Duchess sent a warning to William.
The friend said: “Kate told William that he was making her look bad.
“She has coped for years with girls flinging themselves at her boyfriend and, for a while, she found it humorous and even flattering.
“But after his recent behaviour she gave him an ultimatum and told him that every time he behaved like that in public he was cheapening her image as well as his own.
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“She told him she wasn’t prepared to be treated like a doormat and that his carefree behaviour was affecting her image.
“She gave him quite a pasting. In the past, she had always let go of things like that, but this really bothered her.”
A family friend of Kate’s added: “Kate rose above all the rumours and just laughed them off, but something recently snapped in her.
“She was irritated when she read about his flirting in Bournemouth and she wasn’t best pleased to hear about the blonde he ended up with on the dance floor at Boujis.”
Kate and William endured a tough year in 2007 when they briefly split.
Reports from April 2007 also claim that William broke up with Kate via a phone call that she received while at work.
Naughty Boy’s unfortunate Meghan Markle error: ‘This is the future’
NAUGHTY BOY made a bold prediction about Meghan Markle’s place in the Royal Family, which sadly turned out to be far from the truth.
Naughty Boy, the music producer who is best known for hits such as Runnin’ and La La La, is already getting stuck into bushtucker trials as he stars in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He has also clashed with fellow campmate Kadeena Cox over cooking duties as the show begins in dramatic fashion. Naughty boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan, is used to keeping company with big stars, including members of the Royal Family. In February 2018, Naughty Boy performed for royalty as Prince Charles and Camilla hosted a gala dinner for the British Asian Trust.
He admitted he was “petrified” ahead of a performance for the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.
Naughty Boy said: “I was really petrified initially because there’s so much powerful energy here, but it felt right that I should be doing this.”
The DJ said: “I think this is part of the future. The whole culture is shifting to accepting just everything. For the Royal Family to spearhead that ‒ I think that’s amazing.”
Meghan’s life in the Royal Family was far from idyllic, however, as two years of regular criticism and tensions within the family culminated in the Sussexes leaving royal duties behind in 2020.
Meghan and Prince Harry later spoke about their life in the Royal Family with Oprah Winfrey.
Maria Sharapova Wears Couture Dress Made From Water Bottles at 2021 Fashion Awards
Maria Sharapova combined high fashion and sustainability at the Fashion Awards.
The tennis champion attended the annual awards ceremony on Monday night in London wearing a custom dress created in a collaboration between Iris van Herpen and Evian. The sustainable dress, named the “Mimesis,” is designed with fabric made from recycled Evian bottles and organic silk and features the three-dimensional look that van Herpen is known for. Sharapova is a global brand ambassador for Evian.
“Collaborating with Evian on this project has been a great experience, particularly as we have shared sustainability goals and desire to reduce our impact on the planet,” van Herpen said in a statement. “Designing a couture dress with a fabric created from Evian bottles has enabled us to join forces and create a stunning garment that aims to inspire and encourage plastic recycling. I hope this dress will shape people’s perception of upcycling and recycling plastic by reinforcing the different forms the product life cycle can take, highlighting that we all have the power to change our future for the better.”
Maria Sharapova in Iris van Herpen
The dress was designed through state-of-the-art laser-cut techniques, with hundreds of recycled fabric petals placed in a triangular and cross-sectional pattern. The layered pieces and soft blue color peeking through the dress are meant to mimic wave patterns and represent water.
Next year the dress will be showcased at the Green Metropolis’ launch show in Amsterdam, which is an exhibition founded by the fashion designer and produced by “leading experts in the field of couture, architecture and nature.”
The collaboration comes as Evian is striving toward its commitment of having all of its plastic bottles made from 100 percent recycled materials by 2025.