"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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Ranked second in the world by the Women's Tennis Association after Serena Williams, Sharapova said she first conceived the idea for a candy business when she was forced to take a break from tennis due to a serious shoulder injury, and did not know whether she would be able to play tennis again.