CNBC Meets Maria Sharapova in Rare Personal Interview

In the programme, Maria talks to Tania about her stardom, her upbringing and the sacrifices she made to become # 1 in the world © CNBC EMEA In the programme, Maria talks to Tania about her stardom, her upbringing and the sacrifices she made to become # 1 in the world

CNBC Meets host Tania Bryer conducts a rare interview with Tennis star Maria Sharapova.

The 30 minute interview will premiere in the UK and across Europe on 25th March 2015 at 10.00pm BST, with clips available online at www.cnbcmeets.cnbc.com. The programme will also air on CNBC in the US and in Asia.

In the programme, Maria talks to Tania about her stardom, her upbringing and the sacrifices she made to become # 1 in the world, the injury that nearly ended her career and how she created her multi-million dollar business Sugarpova. She also reveals why creating The Maria Sharapova Foundation to help children and families who were affected by the Chernobyl disaster is so important to her.

Maria also talks about the pressures of the game, beating Serena Williams which led to the start of an on-court rivalry lasting to this day, as well as her relationship with Serena.

Sharapova comments in the interview: “She’s at the peak of her career. I am now # 2 in the world. I feel like we're still driven and hungry to be the best tennis players. I don't think anyone in the tennis world believed that, in ten years’ time, we would still be rivals. I think it's an incredible story”.

We also hear from former Wimbledon Champion Virginia Wade, tennis legend Billie Jean King and the man who trained her, Nick Bollettieri, at the IMG Academy. Each gives further insight into this extraordinary Siberian born prodigy who has become the highest paid female athlete in the world.

The CNBC Meets Series hosted by Tania Bryer is produced and directed by CNBC in London. In the UK, CNBC is available on all major pay-tv platforms: Sky (channel 505), Virgin (613) and Freesat (210).

CNBC Meets is sponsored by Credit Suisse.

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