Nigel Currie, of Brand Rapport, a sports marketing agency, added: ‘She is what women’s tennis was waiting for. There are not that many female stars in world sport who can come close to her.’Consummate athletes both may be, but each is prey to peculiar superstitions.
Sharapova hates standing on court lines, and will hop over them between points.
It is also said that she will wear the same pair of socks throughout a winning run. Sharapova hails from a remote oil town in Siberia; Williams from an Los Angeles ghetto.
They also have fathers who were omnipresent in their early years, exercising enormous control.
Maria was raised in Siberia, from where the family moved following the Chernobyl disaster.
she was talent-spotted and enrolled in a tennis academy in Florida.
Added to that, Sharapova’s boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov, was once Serena’s lover. Sadly, her gorgeous feather dress which is a wonderfully ostentatious fashion statement for a big night out is not available to buy.
However, that was the year Sharapova went on to beat Williams and win Wimbledon.
If you are one of the few who find the sound charming, do note that the grunts of both women are available as mobile ringtones. It’s not just that at 122mph it is among the fastest in the game — it is the variety, perfect placement and consistent brilliance which sets it apart.
Chris Evert calls it ‘free flowing’ while Pam Shriver admires its ‘excellent mechanics’.
Then Dimitrov left Mouratoglou to join a different coach, at the same time dumping Serena and starting to date her young rival Sharapova, who was then the ‘It girl’ of tennis. A few weeks afterwards, in an interview in July 2012, She said bleakly: ‘I have given up on dating. Her total prize money to date comes to £44.6 million, with another £11.7 million on top from endorsements, her fashion line and a stake in the Miami Dolphins American football team (pictured) taking her total earnings to £56.3 million Her total prize money to date comes to £44.6 million, with another £11.7 million on top from endorsements, her fashion line and a stake in the Miami Dolphins American football team (pictured), taking her total earnings to £56.3 million.
Sports writer David Nicholson told me: ‘The decision to live in Florida had an impact on her phenomenal ability to earn. Add that to her model looks and she is able to use her media-friendly exterior to further her commercial agenda.