Guess what Maria Sharapova bought with her first prize money

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Retired tennis star Maria Sharapova earned a whopping $325 million from prize money, endorsements and appearances over the course of her WTA career, but what were the first things the Russian athlete-turned-entrepreneur bought at the start of her ascent from rags to riches?

Tennis player Maria Sharapova of Russia

Reacting to the recent passing of famed Italian jewelry designer Elsa Peretti, Sharapova shared a Vogue magazine article about the artist behind numerous Tiffany & Co. pieces, expressed sadness through emoticons and revealed:

With my first cash check from tournaments, I collected the pieces created by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany.

When Sharapova’s career took off, Tiffany & Co. was added to a long list of her sponsors. A number of her iconic Grand Slam looks incorporated luxury earrings designed by Elsa Peretti.

Describing a pair of the 2011 French Open diamond earrings from Tiffany for Maria Sharapova collection, the five-time major champion said:

These earrings sparkle with every movement and they are so lightweight which makes them perfect to wear on the court.

(source: Tennis World USA)


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