Maria Sharapova posed in swimsuit for the 2006 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Sharapova is the only “real” athlete in this popular magazine issue, the rest are supermodels.

Maria Sharapova, 2006 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Maria Sharapova swimsuit at the beach, Grace Bay Club“Maria Sharapova, as you’ve never seen her”.. this is what the magazine cover feature for the 19 years old Russian tennis sweetheart.

Sharapova swimsuit photograph was shot at the Grace Bay Club by legendary Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss Jr.

Sharapova seems to be enjoying the fun pretty much, but she will continue to focus on her tennic career, she said that..

It was so fun. Maria Sharapova, 2006 Sports Illustrated swimsuit photoSo different to anything that I’ve done before, but I love doing new things. Being in a bikini is very different. You don’t have a lot to work with – just your body and sand and water.

Well I think my biggest personality comes out when I’m on centre court. I’m a big competitor. You know I love to compete, that’s what I do best.

Ok honey, enough fun.. time to start playing tennis and win some throphies again :p

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