Thank you @voguemagazine and Jonathan Van Meter for covering my journey in the past 12 months. I must admit when I arrived at the shoot and saw a small rack of tiny boat suits, I was like woaaah..I had those fries last night! I'm proud of the way I have challenged my body and my mind this past year and this image captures so much of that feeling. A post shared by Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) on feature published on Friday, Maria Sharapova sits down in her stylish Southern Californian home to discuss everything from drinking, business, dating and, of course, her comeback from the biggest doping scandal in tennis. Of course, the elephant in the room is how, after her stunning doping announcement last March, Sharapova found herself serving a 15-month suspension for taking meldonium. In constant to the cold, closed-off persona she’s been associated with—which she addressed—the soon-to-be 30-year-old comes off as relatable, relaxed and fun to be around.
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.
It’s an awkward situation given that the two women spend 20 weeks a year in close proximity on the tennis tour — all the while ignoring each other, or throwing out coded barbs. You can, however, shop the current Alexander Mc Queen collection online by clicking right, or emulate Maria's look from the high street in our affordable edit below ranging from Rare, Asos, Lipsy and more.
This is the greatest rivalry in women’s tennis — a feud which flows as powerfully off the court as on it.
Bound at the top of the game by an obvious mutual antipathy are Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, who face each other in a highly-charged semi-final at Wimbledon today.
“I think if I was trying to hide something, I don’t think I would come out to the world and say I was taking a drug for ten years,” she said.