Being a top tennis player gives you the glitz and glam lifestyle but, what a lot of people fail to realise is just how much travelling is involved in being a tennis star. Maria Sharapova is one of the biggest and best tennis players in the world and she has already travelled more this year than most of us will in a lifetime.
First up this year was the WTA Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia from December 29, 2013 to January 5, 2014, where she lost in the semi-finals to Serena Williams 2-6, 6-7 (7-9). Maria then stayed in Australia for the AUSTRALIAN OPEN in Melbourne, Australia from January 13, 2014 to January 26, 2014, where she lost in the fourth round to Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 4-6, 1-6.
From there, Sharapova headed to the WTA OPEN GDF SUEZ in Paris, France from January 27, 2014 to February 2, 2014, where she lost in the semi-finals to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 3-6, 4-6.
Following that it was the WTA BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, USA from March 5, 2014 to March 16, 2014, where she lost in the third round to Camila Giorgi 3-6, 6-4, 5-7. Staying in USA Maria Sharapova played in the WTA Sony Open Tennis in Miami, Florida, USA from March 18, 2014 to March 29, 2014, where she again lost in the semi-finals to Serena Williams, 4-6, 3-6.
From there she went to the WTA Tour Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany from April 21, 2014 to April 27, 2014, where she beat Ana Ivanovic in the final 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. On the move again she headed to the WTA Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain from May 3, 2014 to May 11, 2014, where she beat Simona Halep in the final 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
More travelling involved as she heads to the WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Italy from May 12, 2014 to May 18, 2014, where she lost in the third round to Ana Ivanovic 1-6, 4-6. Next up was the FRENCH OPEN at Roland Garros, Paris, France from May 25, 2014 to June 8, 2014, where she again beat Simona Halep in the final 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4. Lastly was WIMBLEDON at Wimbledon, England from June 23, 2014 to July 6, 2014, where she lost in the fourth round to Angelique Kerber 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 4-6.
So there you have it. Tennis does pay well for the top players, turning a lot of them into celebrities, but there is also a lot of travelling involved, which can definitely become boring after a while.