Maria Sharapova no longer? According to several reports, Maria Sharapova has approached the Supreme Court of Florida to legally change her last name from Sharapova to Sugarpova. Sharapova recently launched a premium candy line, named Sugarpova, that reflects Sharapova’s fun side off the court.
Sharapova hopes to have her name changed by the U.S. Open which begins play Monday, August 26th. By law in the state of Florida, “before the court hearing on a petition for a name change, the petitioner must have fingerprints submitted for a state and national criminal history records check.” This may seem like a tough task considering that Sharapova is currently in New York City training for the U.S. Open. Reports have also been circulating that Sharapova would like to embroider her Sugarpova lips logo onto her clothes for the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. All of this seems like a reach due to the fact that the tournament starts on Monday.
Sharapova may be having fun off the court with her new candy line, but her on court production is a different story. Since making the finals at the French Open, which she proceeded to lose to Serena Williams 4-6, 4-6, Sharapova has only played in three matches. Of the three matches Sharapova has competed in, she holds a 1-2 record, most notably losing in the 2nd Round of Wimbledon to 118th ranked Michelle Larcher De Brito. After Sharapova’s loss to Sloane Stephens in the 2nd Round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, she fired Jimmy Connors as her coach. Connors & Sharapova had only worked together for one match and a total of 34 days. The decision seeemed like a surprise to many, but Connors was in good spirits tweeting:
Back home in SB– family,pups, and home cooking. Oh– I forgot, and a vodka on the rocks.
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) August 15, 2013
(RL Midwest Sports)