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@Sweet Cleopatra
Jan 8th, 2008, 03:57 PM
2008 is an Olympic year and Maria already has her mind set on gold.* Next week, when the sports world watches the 20 year-old tennis superstar take to the court for her first round match at the Australian Open, she will be debuting, over her shoulder, the first piece from her new Sharapova Gold Collection of bags.* Designed by Maria, and produced in partnership with Prince, the Sharapova Gold Collection will unite cutting-edge and top quality design features with stunning and luxurious aesthetics never seen before in a bag collection.

"I absolutely love working with Prince and had the best time taking this collection from initial drawings to final product," said Maria from Melbourne.* "First, they are supreme quality tennis bags and totes designed specifically to meet the needs of players. Second, they are gold and who doesn't love gold? It is always in style and these bags look fantastic when they are over the shoulder or in your hand."

Aside from being both a Wimbledon and US Open champion and the world's most recognizable female athlete,*Maria is also establishing herself as an international fashion icon and respected designer.* Her unmatched understanding of player needs and keen fashion sense combined with Prince's obsession with delivering the most innovative, performance-driven equipment, resulted in a world-class line of bags, available in a six-pack, triple, tote, mini tote and backpack.*

"In my opinion, players should head to the court with equipment that not only delivers in terms of quality and design, but also looks great," said Maria. "This collection accomplishes both and I am excited to unveil the first piece when I take the court next week in Melbourne."

Made primarily of heavy-duty gold nylon, the outside of the bags also feature accents of black in the strap and quilted black patent leather for the Prince logo.*

"Maria is the rare combination of someone who pays close attention to the intricacies of performance equipment and also has a trend-setting sense of style and fashion," said Linda Glassel, Vice President of Marketing and Brand Image for Prince.* "She helped usher in the future of racquet design with O3 technology, and always has her finger on the pulse of the fashion world.* With this collection, she has once again shown her abilities in both areas and it couldn't be more perfect that we are launching it during an Olympic year, when gold is on everyone's mind, including Maria's."

The Sharapova Gold Collection will be available internationally beginning in March wherever Prince tennis products are sold with suggested retail prices ranging from $50 - $120.

For more information on the collection or Maria Sharapova, log onto www.princetennis.com or www.mariasharapova.com.

About Prince Sports
Prince Sports, Inc., based in New Jersey, is a recognized leader in high-performance racquet sports equipment.* Founded in 1970, Prince and Ektelon have revolutionized tennis, squash and racquetball with innovations including "Oversize," "Longbody" and "Extender" racquet technologies, M Series footwear, Synthetic Gut String and Electronic Ball Machines.* In 2005 the Company introduced its O Tech platform by launching O3 racquet technology. Since then, the company has extended O3 to include O3 Original (2005), O3 Hybrid (2006) and O3* Speedport (2007) racquets which give players speed, stability and a larger sweet spot and has more recently licensed O Tech to leading brands in other sports as a product performance booster.* In 2007, Prince introduced AeroTech apparel, an advanced technology based fabric system, and RECOIL string with the ability to automatically realign after every shot.* Prince Sports has operations on three continents and distribution in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.princesports.com

@Sweet Cleopatra
Jan 8th, 2008, 04:11 PM
at first I thought it's really from gold or some gold materials on it , but it's so cheap 50 $ ? ,
so by gold collection they mean it's colour is gold ?

danieln1
Jan 8th, 2008, 04:15 PM
Maria, always doing something cool! She has very good taste and now she´s showing her creative side!

Mikey B
Jan 8th, 2008, 07:06 PM
respected designer? i didnt realise she was so involved in the creative proccess! hope this is a good omen and bring lots of GOLD to maria's trophy cabinet!! (*ahem*GOLDEN SLAM*ahem*) lol!

sfselesfan
Jan 8th, 2008, 09:00 PM
Next stop, QVC.

SF

schorsch
Jan 8th, 2008, 09:00 PM
Uhm, she already wore it in Hong Kong.

spartanfan
Jan 8th, 2008, 09:18 PM
Is it just me or does Maria seem to copy everything that Venus and Serena does?

Andy.
Jan 8th, 2008, 09:51 PM
They bags look great. She is so hands on and creative, she has such a bright future in what ever endevours she chooses to pursue.

sharapovarulz1
Jan 8th, 2008, 11:24 PM
They bags look great. She is so hands on and creative, she has such a bright futire in what ever endevours she chooses to pursue.

Well said :D

hectopascal
Jan 8th, 2008, 11:31 PM
Is it just me or does Maria seem to copy everything that Venus and Serena does?

Maybe that's why her form was dropping last year. Hopefully she stops this fashion nonsense and focuses more on TENNIS! ;) I'm being sarcastic by the way.....

Dan23
Jan 8th, 2008, 11:32 PM
Is it just me or does Maria seem to copy everything that Venus and Serena does?
...because no-one else in the world designs bags and clothes aside from them?

Ben.
Jan 8th, 2008, 11:52 PM
the bag looks pretty good :) now lets see if her tennis can do the talking & she'll win the AO.

supergrunt
Jan 9th, 2008, 12:51 AM
How pretentious and gaudy to have tennis equipment made of gold. :lol:

stevos
Jan 9th, 2008, 01:01 AM
I love you Dan. :hearts:

We always seem to be fighting the same idiots in every thread...also you always seem to get there first. :ras:

Sounds fantastic, gold isn't my favourite colour, but fun fact about me...I wish it was cool for guys to carry cute gold totes so I could buy one of Maria's. Yes, I love her that much. ;)

supergrunt
Jan 9th, 2008, 01:05 AM
...because no-one else in the world designs bags and clothes aside from them?

I think he's reffering to the gold theme. We all know that Maria tries to outdo the Williams sisters; Serena even said so. :p

Andy.
Jan 9th, 2008, 01:11 AM
I think he's reffering to the gold theme. We all know that Maria tries to outdo the Williams sisters; Serena even said so. :p
And Serena would be the expert on what Maria wants ans thinks :rolleyes:

drake3781
Jan 9th, 2008, 01:21 AM
Tacky, but to each his own. :shrug:

supergrunt
Jan 9th, 2008, 01:27 AM
And Serena would be the expert on what Maria wants ans thinks :rolleyes:

She said that a Nike star asks Nike to see Serena's dresses before she makes her's. :hehehe:

Dan23
Jan 9th, 2008, 01:36 AM
She said that a Nike star asks Nike to see Serena's dresses before she makes her's. :hehehe:Probably so the certain Nike star knows what style to avoid? :shrug: ;)

All the outfits are designed in tandem a long time before theyre ever worn anyway :p

simba
Jan 9th, 2008, 02:06 AM
the bag is okay.

doni1212
Jan 9th, 2008, 02:12 AM
Maria sure knows how to copy the Williams sisters everywhere but on the court, :lol: (not counting Serena's victory kiss that she stole :rolleyes:)

Zombielicious
Jan 9th, 2008, 02:41 AM
I really love the bags, they are great. :)

I want one.

mankind
Jan 9th, 2008, 06:38 AM
I wish she were as eager to play for Russia as she is to win herself a gold medal.

@Sweet Cleopatra
Jan 9th, 2008, 11:29 AM
I wish she were as eager to play for Russia as she is to win herself a gold medal.

she wants both , that's so clear ,