Top 5 Maria Sharapova Commercials

Michael Ann McKinlayContributor IIINovember 21, 2012

Top 5 Maria Sharapova Commercials

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    Since Maria Sharapova came to the tennis scene 11 years ago, she has brought a lot of change to the women's game.

    And we're not talking about grunting. 

    Since her success at the age of 17, Sharapova was soon after the most sought-out athlete for endorsements.

    Five years into her career, she was listed by Forbes Magazine as the highest-paid female athlete in 2006 thanks to her Nike, Cannon and Motorola endorsements. 

    Now, Sharapova is one of the most recognizable international athletes, continuing to be the face of major brands and organizations, and even designing her own Nike clothing on the court. 

    From Cannon and Nike to cameos on "SportsCenter", here are Sharapova's best commercials over the years. 

5. Gatorade (2007)

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    Here we have the popular "intimidation" athlete commercial, but most of her opponents are probably more fed up with her 30 second "prep time" between points.  

    Oh Maria. 

4. Canon (2008)

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    Probably the most quoted slogan from the Russian, "Make every shot a PowerShot," Sharapova signed with Canon at the age of 17. Through the company, she has made commercials in the U.S. from 2005 to 2008. 

    Click here and here to see other Canon commercials featuring Sharapova. 

3. "This Is SportsCenter" (2006)

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    Here we have a classic "This is SportsCenter" ad from six years ago. Along with Sharapova, only Andy Roddick and Roger Federer have also appeared in SportsCenter ads. 

2. Head (2012)

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    So this might not be a TV commercial, but nonetheless, these Sharapova/Djokovic Head promos are entertaining. Whether he's dressed up in a wig impersonating Sharapova or she's interrupting press conferences, these two have chemistry.

    Let's hope they continue making commercials. 

1. Nike (2006)

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    By far the most clever Sharapova commercial, this ran during the 2006 U.S. Open, which turned out to be a good omen, as Sharapova dominated Justine Henin for the title.

    However, the best part of this ad might be the cameo by the McEnroe brothers.