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Sharapova hungry for money as well as success

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SAN DIEGO, Aug 3, (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova has never been afraid of speaking her mind and the Russian freely admits that a desire to build on a successful start to her career is fuelled by the prospect of an ever-expanding bank account.

"It's never enough. I always look for more," Sharapova told reporters at the Acura Classic on Thursday. "Bring on the money."

According to a recent survey in Sport Illustrated, the 19-year-old world number four is the world's highest-paid female athlete, earning an estimated $25.4 million dollars a year.

Sharapova is also ranked number four on the magazine's international top-20 list, behind Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi and soccer star Ronaldinho.

However, she has moved ahead of Real Madrid's David Beckham, baseball player Ichiro Suzuki and Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, who earns an estimated $22.1 million a year.

Sharapova, who has endorsements from a string of multinational companies, says she will always find time for another major contract.

"When I was working my way to the top of tennis, I didn't say I was number two, I said I wanted to be number one," she said.

"There's not limit to how much money you can make."

Sharapova has a single grand slam title to her name (Wimbledon 2004) but says she would happily trade all of her millions for another three grand slam titles, but not just because of the tennis glory.

"Of course, because another three slam titles will bring a lot more than $25 million," she said.

"They would be worth even more [than $100 million]."

Sharapova said she was proud to be on the list, but would rather be known for what it took to get her there.

"It's a cool fact, but I don't live my life by looking at these facts, how much (money) I have won," she said.

"What tennis has brought me has been incredible. God gave me a talent, but it was up to me to play my part in it.

"I don't believe in just god-given talent, you have to work for everything you earn and I think the combination has helped me."

During her three-week layoff between Wimbledon and San Diego, Sharapova trained in Los Angeles and went to see U.S. men's player Andy Roddick compete at the ATP tournament there.

Sharapova would not deny a report in the U.S. media that the pair were dating, but had no comment. "I don't discuss my private life," she said.

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post #2 of 107 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 2006, 04:59 AM
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Why not. I guess if we were in her situation we would do the same thing. I cant believe she admited it though.

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the girl likes money and isnt afraid to say that!
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this is weird.. she is greedy
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Bad choice of words... There is no need to say some of these things
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She's dating question in my mind now.

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Geez Maria if ur not dating then tell them so...
WTH... The "I don't talk about my private life" only makes them want to know more
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the girl likes money and isnt afraid to say that!
Umm...I think that was pretty obvious when she said "I don't care what they are selling" at the YEC in 2004. Nothing wrong with getting as much as you can while you can. But I didn't expect her to come right out and say I want more grandslams because it will make me more money. That was a bold move.

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Make the money.
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Material girl...Such a greedy one! That's becuase she comes from Siberia, the most hostile place on Earth. But to talk about it so outrightly is a bit tactlessly.

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EWWWW...I can't believe she said that! Obviously, it's true but she doesn't 'need' a fraction of the money she is making....then again she is still very young so maybe she will put it to good use at some point...hopefully.
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strange interview...didnt really come across too well

She doesnt leave much doubt about Roddick tho
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ugh maria, you leave yourself open to criticism!

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roddick is too hot for her
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