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Sharapova reveals breakup with NBA star Sasha Vujacic

NEW YORK--Maria Sharapova said on Friday that she has broken up with fiance Sasha Vujacic, the former NBA star from Slovenia who is now playing basketball in Turkey.

They once had been set to marry at Istanbul in November, but scheduling troubles between their sporting careers were among the problems that were too much for the couple to overcome.

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for each other,” she said. “Still would love to call him as a friend. We spent really great years together.”

Sharapova revealed the secret of her shattered love life after advancing to the fourth round of the U.S. Open by defeating American Mallory Burdette 6-1, 6-1. She will next face 19th-ranked compatriot Nadia Petrova.

Sharapova said the break-up came at the end of spring.

“I was waiting for somebody to ask me that question but nobody did directly,” Sharapova said. “I've never really been the type of person to announce things. I never have in any of my previous relationships as well.”

Sharapova, who completed a career Grand Slam with her fourth major title last June at the French Open, was composed and poised in discussing what she confessed was a difficult move.

“It was obviously a challenging decision from both our ends,” Sharapova said.

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