Tennis pro turned model Maria Sharapova is a windblown beauty in the August 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Russia. The athlete explained to the magazine about how nervous she was to carry Russia’s flag at this summer’s London Olympics.
“When I received the call to carry Russia’s flag during the Opening Ceremony, I almost didn’t believe it. It was only later that I learned that I was to be the first female athlete in Russia’s history to do so,” she said. “It’s a very proud moment to be chosen to represent a country that has shown me such support and loyalty throughout my career.”
The blonde beauty definitely deserves that honor after her hard work to become a top tennis player. Check out Maria Sharapova’s stunning photos for Harper’s Bazaar in the gallery below.