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Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is winning at life. And tennis, a lot of the time. She has five Grand Slam singles titles, after all. But always life.

Maria Sharapova Self Cover

In the new issue of Self, which features her on the cover, the star discusses how she keeps up that amazing body - for athletic purposes, of course.

Crowned a "SELF Made" cover star, Maria is lauded for her status as a successful woman pursuing her passions while also prioritizing a healthy lifestyle.

How does she do it? Sharapova insists her sole focus is the tennis court and winning tennis tournaments, and her appearance isn't even an issue.

As a side effect, it just happens to be amazing. Just saying. It's a nice benefit.

"I have a competitive drive. It’s ferocious and powerful, and it’s about winning," she explains. "When I’m on the court, I’m not thinking about how I look."

"I do my ponytail in two seconds, and I’m not wearing a stitch of makeup," adds the blonde beauty. "I’m confident in my skin, and I’m there to play the game.”

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In celebration of LITERALLY the hottest time of year, we're pleased to announce and kick off the 1st Annual THG Bikini Body Summer Showdown!

It's not a complicated setup. Take a look at the two bikini-clad celebrities pitted against each other below. Choose your favorite. The winner advances.

Our opening battle? Kate Upton and Kendra Wilkinson. Today? Lindsey Vonn and Maria Sharapova, two celebrated athletes with all-world looks to match.

Who will win this first-round matchup? Cast your vote below!

And the Winner is?

Lindsey Vonn vs. Maria Sharapova: Who's got the best bikini body? Vote in this first-round matchup of THG's Bikini Body Showdown! View Poll »

If you need do to more research before casting your virtual ballot, feel free to peruse our galleries of Lindsey Vonn photos and Maria Sharapova photos.

Enjoy.

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Maria Sharapova recently posed for the cover of Esquire Latin America's June issue in some chic summer-ready swimwear in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

The results were just made us more in love, love. Or something.

  • Maria Sharapova Esquire Cover
  • Maria Sharapova Esquire Magazine Cover

From her strikingly gorgeous features to her toned, athletic body with curves in all the right places, Maria looks strong and seriously sexy in this shoot.

Her makeup soft and natural, her blond locks slightly tousled for the perfect beach bombshell look ... it's enough to make you want to turn on Wimbledon.

Not that we wouldn't anyway for a brief look at Pippa Middleton or her pregnant sister Kate in the stands, but you get the idea we imagine.

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Grigor Dimitrov is a 21-year old Bulgarian tennis player ranked among the top 50 in the world.

But this up-and-comer sits atop a far more important list than the ATP ranking: he's number-one in the heart of Maria Sharapova!

Maria Sharapova in Action

Reporter Darren Rovell Tweeted on Saturday that Sharapova is "off the market" because she is dating Dimitrov, a rising star who has earned the nickname Baby Federer due to his fluid strokes and one-handed backhand.

That's an impressive accomplishment.

Not as impressive as the fluid strokes he is apparently earning from Sharapova... but still.

Maria , 25, was previously engaged to ex-NBA player Sasha Vujačić before the pair broke up in the spring of 2012.

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Four-time Grand Slam tennis champ Maria Sharapova is no longer engaged to professional basketball player Sasha Vujacic, she revealed yesterday.

Speaking after a third-round victory Friday, Maria was asked about the relationship and said that they've split up, "since the end of spring, actually."

"It was obviously a challenging decision, you know, from both of our ends."

Sasha Vujacic and Maria Sharapova

"I was waiting for someone to actually ask me that question," the 25-year-old Russian beauty added. "I have never really been the person to announce things."

"I never announced when we were even together or never announced we were engaged. I never have in any of my previous relationships, as well."

"It was a really nice period of time for both of us, but our career schedules just made it extremely difficult ... we still have a tremendous amount of respect for each other."

Word of their engagement came in October 2010, when Vujacic proposed on the one-year anniversary of their first meeting at a friend's barbecue.

The Slovenian guard was a first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004, winning two championships with them until being traded in 2010.

Sasha then one played season with the New Jersey Nets as a teammate of Kris Humphries before leaving the NBA to play professionally in Turkey.

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Brooklyn Decker vs. Maria Sharapova in tennis? That would be no contest, although the former is married to a tennis star in Andy Roddick. That counts for ... well, nothing, other than giving us material for this intro.

In a style showdown, though? You be the judge!

As a swimsuit model by trade, Brooklyn looks slammin' in anything, but the three-time Grand Slam winner is certainly no slouch. Who looked best at last night's ESPY Awards? Cast a vote and decide in this THG Fashion Face-Off!

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Who looked better at the ESPYs, Brooklyn or Maria? Vote in the latest edition of THG's Fashion Face-Off series below! View Poll »

Maria Sharapova Biography

Maria Sharapova Photo Maria Sharapova is a damn good tennis player, having won Wimbledon and all. The 20-year-old Russian sexpot is also the subject of many... More »
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