Ah, the sweet smell of success: Maria Sharapova's Wimbledon
title helped her land an endorsement deal for a perfume that will
bear her name.
Parlux Fragrances Inc. expects to launch Sharapova's perfume
before the end of next year. The impending deal was revealed Sept. 1 by ESPN.com's Darren Rovell.
"This is a great opportunity for me to do something creative
and fun," Sharapova said in a statement. "I love the world of
fashion, and I'm looking forward to experiencing it firsthand."
She agreed to a three-year contract worth nearly $5 million, an
industry source told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity
The deal is the second one Sharapova has landed since becoming
the third-youngest champion in Wimbledon's 127 years by upsetting
Serena Williams in the final at the All England Club in July.
The 17-year-old Russian earlier agreed to a three-year contract
with Motorola worth between $4 million and $5 million.
Sharapova is ninth in the WTA Tour rankings this week.