WATCH: Maria Sharapova Shares Her Design Inspirations — and Aspirations

03/26/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

“I love design,” says Maria Sharapova. “I think I got it from my mother.”

The tennis star — who’s collaborated with both Cole Haan and Nike for several years now — sits down with a group of female tennis-playing fans in Miami to talk sports fashion in the clip above. (Sharapova is in Miami for this week’s Sony Ericsson tournament.)

“It started from a young age,” the bride-to-be adds of her love of design. “When I started working with Nike I was 11 years old. The extra-small shirt was like a dress for me. So I was cutting the shirts to make them into regular shirts for me.”

Sharapova also says that she loves getting feedback from fans; she strives to make her clothes fit a variety of women well. “If you’re comfortable with the fit of your clothes, it makes you feel good about yourself,” she explains.

Watch the clip for more on Sharapova’s Nike designs — and to hear about when (and why) she stopped wearing pink.

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Omar on

I think her beauty is what actartts attention or interest and her tennis ability is what keeps it and generates more interest in her as a spokes person or endorseable player. Anna K did well without real tennis talent or atleast talent to the level of Maria’s. In this society where sex sells it certainly doesn’t hurt her to be easy on the eyes.

john melikoff on

As someone whose grandfather came from Baku and grandmother from Archangel, I went on in my youth to become a professional ski racer. I have actually trained with Stenmark and Girardelli. Regardless I am now a Senior Economist and work with banks and brokerage houses. Yes life does go on and it can become even more fascinating as you grow older. I now have one of the best occupations in the world and notice I don’t call it a job.

Looking to your future and tennis will eventually stop at the level you are currently playing I have a favour to ask of you. After you stop tennis take a few years to become a leg model. Do you have the best looking legs in the world? No question about it. Nylon manufacturers will pay you as much as you are earning as a tennis player for years. That way I’ll get to continue seeing your unique legs. And boy are they beautiful on a 6-foot two inch frame.

Sincerely
John

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