October 23, 2010 / 12:09 AM / 9 years ago

Maria Sharapova engaged to Lakers basketball star

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova poses at the premiere of "10,000 B.C." at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California March 5, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on March 7. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Russian tennis player and model Maria Sharapova and Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Sasha Vujacic are engaged, Vujacic told sports reporters on Friday.

Vujacic said before a Lakers exhibition game in San Diego that the three-time grand slam champion had said “yes’ to his “old-school” proposal, adding that they were both “really happy.”

Vujacic, 26, proposed on the couple’s one-year anniversary of meeting at a friend’s barbecue. No date has been set for the wedding.

Sharapova, 23, who moved to the United States when she was a child, won the Wimbledon tennis title in 2004, the U.S. Open crown in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008.

She has also carved out a career as a model and regularly appears on lists of the world’s most beautiful women.

Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by John O'Brien

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