Maria Sharapova & Former LA Laker Sasha Vujacic End Engagement

Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic will not be taking a trip down the aisle together -- the couple has ended their engagement.

The tennis beauty has confirmed that she and the former Los Angeles Lakers guard are no longer engaged.

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"It's been since the end of spring," Maria told reporters (via E! News) of when she and Sasha called it off, at a post-match conference following her victory over Mallory Burdette on Friday. "I was waiting for someone to actually ask me that question."

The 25-year-old athlete - who said the decision to end it with Sasha, 28, was "challenging" - said she's not one to announce personal matters. She was forced to confirm the split after Sasha reportedly broke the news to Italian tabloids this week.

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"I have never really been the person to announce things," she said. "I never announced when we were together or never announced we were engaged. I never have in any of my previous relationships, as well."

Though their romance has come to the end of its nearly 3-year road, Maria said she and Sasha are still on good terms.

"It was a really nice period of time for both of us, but our career schedules just made it extremely difficult to see each other with the traveling and especially his career move to Turkey," she said. "But we have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. I still would love to call him as a friend. We spent really great years together."

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