Maria Sharapova builds muscles to play better

Maria Sharapova in Hong KongRussian tennis star Maria Sharapova said Tuesday she has put on some more muscle over the past year to play better in Grand Slams.

The 19-year-old beauty spoke to reporters on the eve of Hong Kong’s 3-day Champions Challenge exhibition, a warm-up for the Australian Open, which begins January 15.

The exhibition also includes Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, Czech Republic’s Nicole Vaidisova, Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder, and China’s Yan Zi and Zheng Jie, and Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva. [Source]

2006 has been a good year for Sharapova, she won some tournaments including the US Open Grand Slam; she posed in bikini for sport illustrated and make herself one of the most sort after lady in the world.

Btw, Sharapova also came top as the world’s best celebrity smile for an athlete in an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recent poll.

Let’s wish 2007 will be an even greater year for Masha.

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