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Maria Sharapova’s Hollywood dreams

Debasmita Ghosh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 17, 2012
First Published: 17:54 IST(17/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:13 IST(18/11/2012)

On her recent visit to India, World No 2 tennis ace Maria Sharapova  not only expressed her desire to play a live match in India for her fans here, but also revealed a number of things that she wants to do in life. But, the most exciting thing on her wish list was her desire to act in a Hollywood film, someday. “Right now, too many things are happening in life. I’m tied up with my matches, brand associations and several other commitments. But someday, given an opportunity I would love to act in a Hollywood movie,” said the 25-year-old, who’s done several modelling assignments in the past, including a swimsuit spread for a sports magazine in 2006.

In India for the first time, the 6 ft 2 inches Russian beauty, who broke up with her boyfriend, basketball player Sasha Vujacic this year, looked visually excited, as she looked forward to some souvenir shopping in Delhi’s local markets. “Christmas is coming, so my friends would be happy to get some gifts. I would also like to buy some Indian wear if time permits,” said Sharapova, who was in the Capital as the brand ambassador of a UK-based real estate firm, Homestead, to announce their upcoming project in India.

Talking about her arch rival, Serena Williams, Sharapova, who had a short career setback post her shoulder injury, but managed to win the French Open this year followed by a silver medal in the Olympics, said that she doesn’t mind having a tough rival as it makes competition better. “It’s good for the game,” she said adding, “We moved to US from Russia at a very young age, so that I could play tennis better as opportunities were more in the US. Also, not many tennis players have a shoulder surgery at 21, like I did. But I have bounced back and will surely be world No 1 again one day.”

On Serena Williams
It’s always good to have great rivals. It makes the competition better
On Hollywood
I don’t mind trying my hands at acting someday when I’m a little free from my hectic sporting schedule
On India
Always wanted to visit this country as I’ve always heard that I have a huge fan following here

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