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Maria Sharapova arrived in the US at age 7 with $700 but is retiring from her 17-year professional tennis career with millions. Here’s how she made her fortune.



When she was 7, Maria Sharapova left Russia for the US with her father and $700 in savings. At age 17, Sharapova snagged £560,500 ($723,000) and her first Grand Slam title by upsetting Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2004.

At age 32 and four more Grand Slam titles later, Sharapova announced her retirement from professional tennis in an emotional column for Vanity Fair. For 11 years, she was the highest-paid female athlete in the world. Upon her retirement, she was the third highest-paid female tennis player and eighth highest-paid tennis player overall, and that only includes her on-court winnings worth $38.8 million.

Over the course of her 17-year professional career, Sharapova was able to build a multimillion-dollar brand by partnering with major names like Nike and Evian, and even creating her own candy company. While there is no verifiable net worth figure for Sharapova, she’s certainly retiring in style — Forbes estimated her career earnings to be $325 million.

Here’s a look at how Maria Sharapova amassed millions.

Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from professional tennis as the third highest-paid female player in the sport behind the Williams sisters.
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Since beginning her professional career in the early 2000s, Sharapova’s on-court earnings total $38.8 million.
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According to Forbes, Sharapova made a total of $27.1 million between mid-2011 and mid-2012. Only about $5 million of that came from on-court winnings.
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Source: Forbes, WTA

The majority of her income has always come from high profile brand endorsements. At one point, a ballet flat she had designed was Cole Haan’s best selling shoe.
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Source: Forbes, Forbes

In 2010, she signed an 8-year deal with Nike that was estimated to bring in more than $70 million …
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Source: Forbes

… and it let her design her own apparel and shoes.
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Sharapova in a custom Nike dress and sneakers during the Paris WTA tournament in February 2012. Jacques Demarthon/AFP via Getty Images
Source: Nike, Nike

Other major brands she has had long-term partnerships with include Porsche, Tag Heuer, and Evian. She has also had partnerships with Land Rover, Samsung, Head rackets, and Canon.
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Source: AdAge

Sharapova, in addition to serving as a brand ambassador for many companies, also runs her own business. She launched Sugarpova, a candy company, in 2012 with $500,000 of her own money and no outside investment.
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Source: Sugarpova, CNBC, Entrepreneur

In 2013, she flirted with the idea of renaming herself “Maria Sugarpova” to promote her artisan chocolates and sweets shaped like tennis balls but ultimately decided against it.
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The candy brand is carried in major grocery stores like Lowes Foods and in Hudson News spots in airports across the country.
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Sharapova at a Sugarpova Bloomgindale’s pop-up shop in 2015. Donald Traill/Invision/AP
Source: Entrepreneur

Sharapova’s earnings most likely dipped following her 2016 doping scandal.
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Sharapova at her 2016 press conference, addressing her failed drug test. Kevork Djansezian/Getty
Source: Business Insider, AdAge, Sports Illustrated

She failed her drug test at the Australian Open — she had been taking meldonium, a heart medication that had been added to the International Tennis Federation’s list of prohibited substances at the beginning of 2016. She maintained it was an oversight, and her two-year ban was reduced to 15 months.
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Sharapova at her 2016 press conference, addressing her failed drug test. Reuters
Source: Business Insider

Some brands, like Nike and Porsche, initially distanced themselves from the tennis player but ultimately stuck by her. Evian continued its relationship without issue. Tag Heuer ceased contract renewal negotiations with her immediately.
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Sharapova modeling an Evian bottle at the Evian & Virgil Abloh Collaboration party during New York Fashion Week on February 10, 2020. Donell Woodson/Getty Images
Source: AdAge, Sports Illustrated, Forbes

In 2016, Sharapova was estimated to have earned $21.9 million, making her the 88th highest-paid athlete that year according to Forbes. By 2017, the year following the ban, she had dropped off the list. Separately, Sugarpova was estimated to have sales between $10 and $12 million in 2017.
Joe Maher/Getty Images for Sugarpova
Source: Forbes, Forbes, Entrepreneur

Since stepping back on the court in 2017, Sharapova had difficulty overcoming a chronic shoulder problem and only took home one WTA tour win.
Russia’s Maria Sharapova makes a backhand return to Croatia’s Donna Vekic during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Russia’s Maria Sharapova makes a backhand return to Croatia’s Donna Vekic during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Lee Jin-man/AP Images
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Sharapova announced her retirement in an emotional Vanity Fair column on Wednesday, February 27, saying “tennis has been [her] mountain,” and after 28 years of playing, she’s “ready to scale another mountain — to compete on a different type of terrain.”
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Source: Vanity Fair

During her career, she was ranked as the No. 1 player in the world multiple times. She retired at No. 373. Her overall career earnings are estimated by Forbes to be $325 million.
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Source: Business Insider, Forbes


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We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.

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“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].

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“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.

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