Sharapova to be Sugarpova?

Sydney: Russian tennis superstar Maria Sharapova wants to legally change her surname to Sugarpova before the fortnight of the US Open.

According to, Sharapova has approached the Supreme Court of Florida to change her name in line with the brand of lollies she launched.

Sharapova plans to wear the Sugarpova symbol, a set of lips, on her clothes during the tournament she last won in 2006, the report said.

Sharapova, who is understood to have invested 500,000 dollars into Sugarpova, was named as the highest earning female athlete in the world by Forbes magazine recently, the report added.

She has faced criticism from several health advocates for launching a range of sweets with titles including Quirky, Sporty and Smitten Sour, the report further said.

The player has plans to further expand the Sugarpova brand to include cosmetics, fashion and other accessories, according to the report.