The Premier Maria Dress is a beautiful blend of style and performance befitting an athlete of Sharapova‘s grace and ability. The fabric features a new perforated stretch construction for enhanced cooling and mobility and a racerback design to increase support and range of motion. A shimmery finish is featured on the front that will catch light as Sharapova glides across the court. The ombre print makes a striking game-day statement.

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One of the busiest and most attention-grabbing weeks of the tennis year has just finished. With players returning from the off-season in need of match practice, the first week of 2013 saw all members of the WTA top ten in action. Most chose to kick-start their Australian Open build-up in Brisbane, but Shenzhen and Auckland also attracted some big names.

Here is a brief rundown of what the WTA top ten achieved last week, and where they stand leading up to the first Grand Slam of the year…

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

The world number one looked in sensational form during her first two matches in Brisbane, defeating the dangerous floater Sabine Lisicki and then thrashing Ksenia Pervak. Unfortunately, a toe infection – apparently the result of a bad pedicure – forced her to pull out of a semi-final against Serena. Azarenka says should be fit and ready to defend her Australian Open title, and the limited match practice shouldn’t be a problem for such a focused player, but if the going gets tough in the early rounds in Melbourne, the injury may become a factor in the latter stages of the tournament.

Maria Sharapova

The French Open champion will be the only top ten player not to have struck a ball competitively before the year’s first Grand Slam, as a collarbone injury forced her out of her only planned warm-up event in Brisbane. The Russian is practising intensively, however, so the ailment appears to have been only a minor setback. Moreover, she didn’t play any lead-up tournaments before last year’s Australian Open, and made it all the way to the final.

Serena Williams

The American legend is the hot pick for the 2013 Australian Open title, and her exploits in Brisbane last week only confirmed her status as the front-runner. Serena charged through all four of her matches without dropping a set, and looked focussed and intense throughout – a worrying sign for her competitors. The younger Williams sister remains favourite to not only win a 16th Grand Slam title, but also recapture the number one ranking.

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Maria Sharapova is the first big name to step onto Rod Laver Arena in preparation for the upcoming Australian Open.

Video by australianopentv. Enjoy!

25 year-old Maria Sharapova launched her new candy line Sugarpova at high-end retailer Henri Bendel in New York, August 20.

Sharapova has stepped into the candy business with an array of hot colors, funky names and yummy packaging. Sugarpova offers a range of 12 gummy delicacies, each bearing a specific name and description.

Already available in the US, the colorful Sugarpova candies can also be ordered online via the site Sugarpova.

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Enjoy a few pics of the new HEAD campaign featuring Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic:

Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic

Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic

Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic

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