Maria Sharapova has won five Grand Slam tournaments and is one of the ten women's players in history to have completed the Career Grand Slam (alongside Maureen Connolly, Doris Hart, Shirley Fry, Margaret Smith Court, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams), milestone reached on 9 June 2012 with the victory of her first Roland Garros.
In her career, she has won a total of 36 women's singles tournaments, including the WTA Finals in 2004 and 12 Premier category tournaments. In 2012 she was awarded the silver medal in singles at the London Olympics, in her only Olympics ever played.
Despite her numerous injuries, she has been one of the longest-lived players in the Women's Tour, having won at least one singles tournament for thirteen consecutive years (one year less than just Steffi Graf, Martina Navrátilová and Chris Evert).
She was the highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years from 2004 to 2015. She is also considered, together with Anna Kurnikova and Ana Ivanovic, one of the most beautiful and fashion athletes ever.
Maria Sharapova's amazing engagement ring!
According to the Daily Mail, Maria Sharapova got a $ 400,000 engagement ring. The former Russian tennis player received the marriage proposal from her boyfriend, British businessman Alexander Gilkes, a few weeks ago. As for the jewel, it is a custom-made ring by the English precious designer Jessica McCormack.
The five-karat piece is crafted in white gold and blued silver and features an emerald inlaid with a diamond in the center. The price of the ring is $ 400,000. Maria showed her new ring in an Instagram post, which you can see below.
Maria Sharapova left tennis on 26 February 2020, aged just 32 years-old. Alexander Gilkes, her future husband, is a wealthy British businessman, co-founder of the online auction house Paddle 8 and frequent frequenter of the most exclusive aristocratic circles: he maintains a relationship with the princesses Beatriz and Eugenia, daughters of Sarah Ferguson, and is a close friend of Meghan Markle.
Maria said yes, showing the ring to her Instagram followers. Meanwhile, as reported on the Australian website The Age, it is difficult to avoid the impression that tennis players come here at the expense of Australians stranded abroad and exposed to the pandemic.
It's also odd that Victoria could find places for tennis stars as her residents are stranded in NSW and Queensland due to its harsh border closures. Health Minister Martin Foley said he understood the frustration of the Victorians stranded in Sydney or Brisbane, which are still considered red zones by the state government, but he didn't want to risk another outbreak in the state of Victoria.
He said: "I apologize for the dislocation this has caused, but I don't apologize for the principle of keeping Victoria safe and keeping Victoria open. More than 70,000 Victorians are trying to go home with the new state traffic light system, with thousands still stranded in NSW under current restrictions.
While Victoria reopened on Monday at NSW regional, Greater Sydney remains a red zone from which people can only travel with an exemption," the minister explained. Now it was confirmed that three out of 10 people who tested positive for the swab while inside the Australian Open bubble contracted the UK's most virulent strain of COVID-19.