Maria Sharapova, the 27-year-old Russian tennis star and currently the world’s Number Nine ranked women’s player, likes cars. She also likes candy. And last but definitely not least, she likes winning the Stuttgart Grand Prix tennis tournament. She combined the first two on her 27th birthday Saturday. And she is working on the third.
Sharapova won the tournament in Stuttgart, Germany in each of the past two years. This year, she aims for her third straight and with Number One ranked Serena Williams sitting this one out, Maria Sharapova has good chance of a three-peat, though 23 of the 24 entrants have been ranked in the world Top 20 recently.
In fact, Maria Sharapova has never lost a match in Stuttgart, winning all eight on her way to the two consecutive titles.
But first, she got some business out of the way. Because being a glamorous, international tennis star is all about business. Like most tennis stars, Maria Sharapova has a full slate of endorsement deals, not the least of which is her role as an “ambassador” for the ultra-luxury sportscar maker, Porsche.
Seeing as how Sharapova already has her name attached to a line of candy known as “Sugarpova,” it only made good business sense to manufacture a new form of Sugarpova candy — in the shape of a Porsche.
The name of this new sugary treat? “Speedy.”
‘We are so excited to launch Speedy. There has never been a candy collection that envelops a luxury experience in such a fun and accessible way,” Maria Sharapova said in a statement, at a Porsceh media event in Stuttgart Saturday. “There has never been a candy collection that envelops a luxury experience in such a fun and accessible way. It”s thrilling for me to combine my passions in a such an unexpected and exciting way.”
Presumably, she won’t be eating a whole lot of candy, in automotive shapes or otherwise, as she heads into the Stuttgart tournament, a clay-court competition that is looked on as a warm-up for the French Open.
But a recent shoulder injury recently saw her drop from eighth to ninth in the world and could hamper her outing in Stuttgart.
“At the moment, it’s a little hard for me to look at the world rankings, but it’s not a problem,” sai Maria Sharapova. “Because of my success at grand slams, I expect a lot of myself, but I have to be realistic and after an injury like that, you need time to get back to your best.”