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Maria Sharapova has defended her own-brand candies “Sugarpova”

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Tennis star Maria Sharapova has defended her own-brand candies “Sugarpova” and said that while she understands the health concerns surrounding high sugar content in food and drink, she does not think any criticism is “fair”.

Sharapova, who considered temporarily changing her name to Sugarpova during the U.S. Open in 2013 in order to promote the premium candy line, has come under criticism from nutritionists following the launch of the business in 2012

“It’s understandable. I don’t know that it’s fair but I understand the criticism. But the only way to respond to that is that I’m an athlete that knows what is healthy and what is not for my body.

Being healthy is one of the biggest priorities as a professional athlete. But on the other hand I also know that everyone loves sweets including myself,” Sharapova told Tania Bryer, host of CNBC Meets.

“And ever since I was a young girl and I would be very good and I would have the right meals and I would start my day with oatmeal and I would go and have a good practice, but at the end of the day, there was always that little treat that I would ask my parents for,” she added.

At 27, Sharapova has already amassed 34 singles titles, including 5 Grand Slams and is the highest-paid female athlete in the world, with a fortune of around $24 million.

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