Maria Sharapova Fronts Shape September 2013

Maria Sharapova Fronts Shape September 2013

In the midst of her crazy tennis schedule, Maria Sharapova took a beat to front the September 2013 issue of Shape magazine

Showing off her flawless figure for the Matt Jones-shot spread, the 26-year-old athlete opened up about her dedication to tennis and offers advice to other aspiring tennis players.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Sharapova”s Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Shape!

On her tennis playing days:
“I started when I was only 4. But you don”t play every day when you”re that young. It wasn”t until I was 7 and we moved from Russia to the United States that I got into serious training and spent a lot more hours practicing. I”ve always been fascinated by the sport. I enjoy the individual nature of the competition, the fact that it”s you against your opponent. I love it most when it”s a tough game and to get that moment of victory, I have to give it all.”

On her reaching the age of 26 on the courts:
“If you had told me when I was 17 that I”d still be playing nearly 10 years later, I would”ve been like, “Wow, that”s a long time!” But here I am, and I feel so motivated to keep going. If you enjoy something and you remain physically capable of doing it well – and that”s key in all sports – then you can play for many, many years.”

On her tennis world tips:
“You have to find success through who you, not someone else. I admired certain players when iw as coming up, but I never had one person I wanted to emulate. So when kids say they want to be just like me, I tell them, “No you want to do better!””