Exclusive interview with Maria Sharapova.
Maria Sharapova has told The Tennis Space that she has been relaxing before Wimbledon by watching “some trashy show called Benidorm” and by chatting to fans as she strolls around Wimbledon Village: “People come up to me to tell me that they’re so happy for me that I’ve been through bad times and got myself back up.”
Have you been watching any British television while you’ve been in London? “I was watching some trashy show the other day. What was it called again? The Only Way Is Essex? No, it wasn’t that. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word trashy. It was about English people taking a vacation in Spain. Beni-something? Benidorm, that’s what it was called. Oh my gosh, it was good entertainment, but I don’t think I’m going to be buying the season.”
Do people come up to talk to you in the Village? “People come up to talk to me and tell me how happy they are for me that I’ve been through bad times and got myself back up. You hope that people who come to talk to you have nice things to say, ha ha. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then it’s probably best not to say anything at all, ha, ha!”
Is this the happiest you’ve been during your career? “The French Open was the most memorable moment in my career so far and it couldn’t have come at a better time in my life, career-wise. Life-wise, there are gifts you can have, such as being a mother. My career, at the end of the day, it’s been incredible.”
Look out for more from Maria Sharapova on Monday.