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Maria Sharapova has some advice for another sports beauty, Lolo Jones: Get used to hard hitting

HEY, LOLO JONESMaria Sharapova has got your back. The track and field Olympian tearfully rejected comparisons that she’s the next Anna Kournikova, but it’s another tennis sex symbol — Sharapova — who has come to her defense. On Monday night, the Olympic silver medalist gave us some advice to give Jones, the track star who said the media “ripped her to shreds” when it focused on her nude pictures in ESPN the Magazine instead of her athletic prowess.

“I’ve been in this business for many years and I know how this works,” Sharapova told us at her Hamptons Magazine cover party at the Sanctuary Hotel. “Everyone’s going to have a comment and that’s going to be the way things are.” Later in the party, which was also a launch for the blond beauty’s new candy line, Sugarpova, she shot up to the rooftop lounge, Haven, where there was a toast complete with Russian spirits for Russia’s four-time Grand Slam winner.

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