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On Second Thought

Maria Sharapova’s name change idea falls flat

Maria Sharapova didn’t have much of a week. The Russian-born tennis star on Tuesday decided not to change her last name, then a day later pulled out of the upcoming US Open in New York because of a wonky shoulder.

There isn’t much Sharapova really needs, be it in terms of name recognition or in career playing earnings, which now stand at some $27 million. If she were never to lift a racket again, she’d probably squeeze by just fine, given that her collective endeavors on and off the court grossed upward of $30 million just over the last 12 months (June-June), according to Forbes.

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