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Sharapova, Puig heading to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief

October 18, 2017

Russia's Maria Sharapova plays a return during the first round match against Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Sharapova returned in April from a 15-month doping ban and won her first title of the season last week in Tianjin, China. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Maria Sharapova and Monica Puig will head to Puerto Rico next week to help with recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, and Puig, who won Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal in any sport at the Rio de Janeiro Games last summer, will go to the island Monday to distribute portable stoves, medicine and other supplies.

The agency that represents both players said Wednesday that Puig has raised more than $125,000 to help storm victims, while Sharapova is donating proceeds from her candy company for the rest of 2017.

The storm swept across Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, causing at least 48 deaths, according to the official tally. It caused widespread flooding and knocked out the entire power grid for the island of 3.4 million people.

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