It’s six years since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon so this year she is desperate for glory.
We caught up with the Russian athlete at a pre-Wimbledon party thrown by Virgin boss Richard Branson, where she showed off a fit figure in a gold jersey dress.
Although she is seeded 16th in the tournament, with the Williams sisters number one and number two, she revealed the adrenalin is flowing to push her to the final.
“I always look forward to Wimbledon and love the tournament as much now as I did in my first year,’ the sportswoman said. “When you’re here you really feel the atmosphere, the intensity of something going on.”
Maria, who is just 22, had shoulder surgery that put her out of the game for a while but she is confident she can get to number one and said her self belief is as strong as ever.
“It has to be strong,” said the determined tennis star. “You have to be ready from the first round, you have to have that intensity and belief in yourself, absolutely.”
Sharapova’s first match will be against Kateryna Bodarenko from the Ukraine on Tuesday and she has a strategy, telling us:
“We’ve never played against each other. So I think the goal is to go out there and, you know, try to figure out her game as quickly as possible. Also be aware about the things that you do well, and be consistent.”
When it comes to court-side outfits, Maria is sponsored by Nike and the sportswear giants have made her a special white dress called the Lawn Rose dress.
But we love the gold outfit she wore to Branson’s glamorous party, where she turned all heads including those of other celebrity guests like Jonathan Ross, David Walliams and Charlotte Church’s ex Gavin Henson.
If you dazzle like Maria this summer, try a block print kaftan from Very. It was £18 but it’s now just £11!
Maybe you want something more shiny? Very has a South sequin A line vest, which is a bargain at £9
Or a Vicky Martin long sleeve jersey dress was £75, but you can get it for £48
Luxury fashion at low prices – we approve.
Good luck in the games, Maria!