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Maria Sharapova's match fashion

Maria Sharapova doesn't think about the way she looks when playing tennis.

The tennis ace isn't just great with a racquet and ball - she's also turned her hand to designing by teaming up with Nike on several collections.

Ever since the 27-year-old started getting involved in fashion, she realised it would have an impact on her sporting life.

“Designing has really changed my thinking process and my on-court look," she revealed to Self magazine. "Even if I want to be the one pushing fashion on the court, today I want to do it in a way that a woman playing in a doubles league can wear, too.”

However, this doesn't mean she's preoccupied with her looks on court. Instead, the Russian tennis star is all about taking home gold.

"I have a competitive drive. It’s ferocious and powerful, and it’s about winning," she enthused.

"When I’m on the court, I’m not thinking about how I look. I do my ponytail in two seconds, and I’m not wearing a stitch of make-up. I’m confident in my skin, and I’m there to play the game.”

As an athlete, it's no surprise Maria has to keep a keen eye on what she eats. On the cover of the magazine, she shows off her slim figure in a pretty summer dress and inside the publication, she revealed her diet plan.

“Carbs are important for my sport, but it’s about finding the right balance between them and protein," she shared.

"In the morning, I have fruit, then rye toast with goat cheese and a piece of ham. When I’m playing tournaments, I try to minimise things that can create inflammation, like lactose, and goat cheese is easier for me to process than butter.

"For lunch, it’s a protein like chicken and then soup, because I’m Russian and we love soups. For dinner, I’ll have fish, like salmon or sea bass, and rice or potatoes.”

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