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Sharapova calls off wedding

2012-09-01 09:22

New York - Maria Sharapova said on Friday that she has broken up with fiance Sasha Vujacic, the former NBA star from Slovenia who is now playing basketball in Turkey.

They once had been set to marry at Istanbul in November, but scheduling troubles between their sporting careers were among the problems that were too much for the couple to overcome.

"We have a tremendous amount of respect for each other," she said. "Still would love to call him as a friend. We spent really great years together."

Sharapova revealed the secret of her shattered love life after advancing to the fourth round of the US Open by defeating American Mallory Burdette 6-1, 6-1. She will next face 19th-ranked compatriot Nadia Petrova.

Sharapova said the break-up came at the end of spring.

"I was waiting for somebody to ask me that question but nobody did directly," Sharapova said. "I've never really been the type of person to announce things. I never have in any of my previous relationships as well."

Sharapova, who completed a career Grand Slam with her fourth major title last June at the French Open, was composed and poised in discussing what she confessed was a difficult move.

"It was obviously a challenging decision from both our ends," Sharapova said.

"It was a really nice period of time for both of us. But our career schedules just made it extremely difficult to see each other with the traveling and especially his career move to Turkey.

"The playing there was a little bit different in terms of he wasn't able to travel much. He wasn't home one time during the 10 months that he was in Turkey so that made it extremely difficult."

For anyone who had dreamed of going to Sharapova's wedding, don't lose hope.

"You still have a chance," she said. "I still have many years ahead of me."

Sharapova said she does try to put an emphasis on a healthy social life despite her tennis career and such varied off-court business interests as fashion and candymaking.

"I'm able to have a normal life, which I'm pretty happy about," Sharapova said. "I consider myself lucky.

"When I'm at tournaments and doing events and business-related things, it seems like my life is very hectic and very glamorous, very popular. But at the end of the day, when I'm home, I'm just like everybody else, although my office is my tennis court."

Sharapova even says she has a candy flavor that sums her up.

"I've got this little awkward one called quirky," she said. "I feel like that's where I fit in."

Sharapova, despite being only 25, also began to contemplate the end of her career after the retirements of Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick after their matches are done at Flushing Meadows.

"Crazy tournament. Anybody else add to the list? Not me," she said. "It puts things in perspective a little bit because you think tennis does come to an end at some point and you actually start thinking about that.

"When I was 18 or 19 if someone told me I was going to be playing at 25 I would be like stop, this is ridiculous. 'You're crazy.' But here I am at 25. I feel like I have so many more years left.

"I still wake up in the morning and feel like I can be better and motivated. I have energy and I'm healthy. What else can you ask for?"

AFP

Comments
  • skhona.luswazi - 2012-09-01 09:07

    Hey Maria,Me and you can make beautiful mixed race childrens LoL

      Lunga - 2012-09-01 10:09

      So many thumbs down shows that South Africans are stupid.

      john.halfpenny.395 - 2012-09-01 10:55

      Singular = Child Plural = Children There is no such thing as childrens

      skhona.luswazi - 2012-09-01 11:46

      @Lunga don't you know that most white people in SA still leaving in the past so called apartheid they're racist cows that's why I love USA

      audrey.lang.10 - 2012-09-01 12:29

      How do you know the people who gave you a thumbs down are white? Are you psychic? If you're not, then it would mean that you are the racist one. Also, how quickly you resort to name-calling..........quite racist as well.

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-01 12:53

      Bet you it is your own people who give you the thumbs up and one would expect this from a bunch of IDIOTS

      jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-09-01 15:41

      The dif between us and the states is plainly put the fact that the african people in america is not lazy and arrogant forcing the white people who u so plainly and I'm sorry to use this word racistly put down as cows have to check up on them...\r\n\r\nMaybe if the african people change their attitudes in south africa we can live in harmony as the old days are over and we all have to look forward and move on wheteher u like it or not?\r\n\r\nSo pls stop using that word in vain if u don't know what it means buddy

      jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-09-02 05:41

      @ skhona.luswazi, you dont have enough cows to afford Sharapova. @Lunga, hopefully you are not south african because then you just called yourself stupid...

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-01 12:32

    HEY skhona.luswazi & Lunga. Can you blame us whites if you look at how you show little respect for us and even for your own people? GROW UP and STOP using the racist card and if you have no better comments then KEEP QUIET!

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-09-01 15:46

    The dif between us and the states is plainly put the fact that the african people in america is not lazy and arrogant forcing the white people who u so plainly and I'm sorry to use this word racistly put down as cows have to check up on them...Maybe if the african people change their attitudes in south africa we can live in harmony as the old days are over and we all have to look forward and move on wheteher u like it or not?So pls stop using that word in vain if u don't know what it means buddy and just something to chew on that attitude is why u will never get close to the usa

  • Priscilla - 2012-09-01 18:30

    A debate on rascism in South African society following an article on Maria Sharapova? Lord, we are a quarrelsome bunch, aren't we? If there's no obvious reason to jump down each other's throats, we'll just make damn sure to use whatever is available.

  • david.s.gardiner.3 - 2012-09-02 10:31

    ..hottest tennis player ever...any man would be lucky to get her backhand..

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