LA Lakers Shooting Guard, Sasha Vujacic and three time Grand Slam tennis champ Maria Sharapova have officially announced their engagement.
Although both from other countries, he was born in Slovenia and she in Russia, both sports stars have found incredible success in the U.S.; Sharapova won her first major title at Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17, and Vujacic has been playing for the current NBA champions, the Lakers, since being drafted in 2004.
The couple officially announced their engagement this October 19th and since Sharapova has been seen sporting a huge diamond engagement ring. While there haven’t been any official details leaked about the ring yet, jewelry experts reportedly believe it to be a 7 to 8 carat Cushion cut diamond, set onto a platinum, split shank band.
The two have been dating since 2009 when they were introduced at a friend’s barbeque, and Vujacic reportedly proposed at his Manhattan Beach Home in California on their one year anniversary.
Although they have not announced a wedding date as of yet, the two have plenty to work on. Vujacic will soon embark on his quest for a third consecutive title with the Lakers this year, while Sharapova, who has missed the last two seasons due to a shoulder injury, has already boosted ticket sales for the ABA Tennis Classic, which she recently announced she will be competing in this January.
Although Sharapova is ranked 18 in the world, don’t expect her to play for too much longer. When asked during an interview in 2008, following her Australian Open win, she wasn’t too receptive about playing another ten years, and told reporters she instead hoped to have “a nice husband and a few kids” by that time. And it looks like with this engagement ring, she is one step closer to her dream.