<p><span></span>She's keeping busy both on and off the court!</p>
Tennis star Maria Sharapova, who's heading into the third round of the U.S. Open after dominating her first two opponents, spends her downtime focusing on sweets - including her new candy line and upcoming wedding to sweetheart Sasha Vujacic.
Though the gorgeous athlete is looking forward to her upcoming wedding to the ex-NBA basketball player, she took time to chat with Life & Style about how she balances her busy life -- and how she's always wanted to start her own business!
<p><u>L&S: Tell us all about your new candy line, Sugarpova!</u><br />
MS: I've always wanted to do something with candy, and I wanted to own my own business. I've been a part of so many great collaborations, but I felt like I was always a small part of it. I wanted to own something that was 100 percent me, where I make the final decisions.
L&S: Now for a fun question: What's your favorite candy?
MS: My favorite is Quirky, actually, the licorice with the marshmallow middle. I love the colors. It's really fun and sweet.
L&S: Did your fiancé help you pick out the adorable names for the candies?
MS: I don't think he's seen the names yet, but he's tested all the samples!
L&S: How did you find the time for Sugarpova between playing tennis and spending time with your fiancé?
MS: I've got a lot going on in my life and career, but I think it's great. When I'm on the court, I commit myself to the physical and mental aspect of playing, and when I'm off it, I'm able to be more open and creative. I've worked on Sugarpova for the past 18 months, and since then I've been really successful on the court, so it's like my lucky charm!
L&S: What else do you have planned for the future?
MS: The U.S. Open! And I'm still working with Cole Haan on my line of shoes - about four collections a year. And Nike - I'm doing my collection for them.B
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