Sharapova sweet on name change ahead of US Open

Maria Sharapova At Wimbledon 2011

She may be internationally acclaimed as Maria Sharapova but the tennis star is now looking to be addressed very differently.

Maria Sharapova may be one of the worlds most recognisable sports personalities, indeed the name of the Russian tennis star has appeared at the head of the richest sportswoman list for the last 9 years but that could all be about to change.

In a radical move Sharapova has placed a request to the Florida supreme courts to change her name for the two-week duration of the US Open which starts this weekend In New York.

If the 26-year-old is to be successful in her bid, then she will be known during the tournament as Maria Sugarpova in honour of her line of sweets and confectionary.

The former world number 1 is thought to have invested nearly half a million of her own money in the candy company, and alongside management company IMG believes that the name change could boost profits even further.

The final hurdle in the switch is thought to be getting the name not only approved in court by on it, if she gets her way, then the current world number 3 win have to convince the grand-slam committee to approve the change so that she can be addressed at Miss Sugarpova during her time in the tournament, and if she wins, well the four-time grand slam champion may just have her sweetest victory to date.

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