US Open: No sugar coating in Maria Sharapova's surname

To promote her confectionary brand, the Russian ace had decided to rename herself Maria 'Sugarpova' for the season's final Grand Slam but her agent now clarifies she has dropped the idea.

updated: August 21, 2013 14:56 IST
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Maria Sharapova will go into the year's final Grand Slam as Maria Sharapova, not Maria Sugarpova. The US Open starts next week and the world's highest paid sportswoman reportedly wanted to alter her name in order to promote her confectionary brand.

However, her agent Max Eisenbud clarified that the tennis star has dropped the idea. "We ultimately decided against it. Maria has pushed her team to do fun, out-of-the-box-type things to get the word out about Sugarpova," Eisenbud told ESPN.

"In Miami, we're going to fill a glass truck full of candy and drive it around town. This was an idea that fell along those lines. But, at the end of the day, we would have to change all her identification, she has to travel to Japan and China right after the tournament and it was going to be very difficult," he added.

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