After being engaged to Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic and having a serious relationship with Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov, Maria Sharapova found a love match in British millionaire Alexander Gilkes.What a treat for my WTA Players and their Love Partners category! He’s a 38-year-old born in London, who has both wealth and social status.In 2003, at the age of 24, Alexander met Misha Nonoo, then a 17-year-old girl, now a US-based fashion designer.
After the March 2016 announcement that Sharapova had failed a drug test, sponsors including TAG Heuer and Porsche suspended their relationships with the tennis star, leaving open the possibility of working with her in the future.
Other sponsors like Nike, Evian and the racket manufacturer Head continued their support of Sharapova.
Off the court, the photogenic Sharapova has landed major commercial endorsements with companies like Nike, Avon, Evian, TAG Heuer, Porsche and Tiffany & Co., among others.
She was the world's highest-paid female athlete for several years, with estimating her earnings at .7 million in 2015.
However, shoulder problems again took a toll, and not long after a disappointing second-round loss at Wimbledon, she withdrew from action for the remainder of the season. In March 2016, Sharapova announced that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January.
Regaining momentum in 2014, Sharapova won her second French Open and fifth overall Grand Slam title by defeating Simona Halep. At a press conference, the tennis star said that she had tested positive for Mildronate, with an active ingredient of meldonium, which she had been taking for health issues since 2006.
Success came in 2004 when she won the singles title there, becoming Russia's first female Wimbledon champion.
At the end of 2004, she added a WTA Championships title to her list of achievements. Sharapova was slowed by shoulder problems for much of 20, although she managed to win her third Grand Slam with a dominant showing at the 2008 Australian Open.
She became the first Russian woman to ascend to the sport's top ranking in 2005, and the following year she claimed her second Grand Slam title with a win at the U. She finally underwent shoulder surgery that October, and the resulting layoff forced her out of the Top 100 until her return to singles action in May 2009.
Sharapova struggled to regain her consistency against the premier women's players, but she was back in the Top 20 by the end of 2009, and finished 2011 ranked No. In June 2012, Sharapova capped her comeback by defeating Sara Errani in the French Open final.
The wedding took place in Venice, Italy, and Lana Del Rey entertained the guests, with many members of the royal family and celebrities in attendance.