Way to go, Sasha Vujacic!
The Los Angeles Laker, 26, managed to keep his proposal plans -- including a reportedly $250,000 ring -- completely under wraps from Maria Sharapova, his tennis star love of nearly a year.
"He completely surprised me! I'm so lucky and very much spoiled," Sharapova, 23, told UsMagazine.com at Monday's Ace Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC. The Serbian-born basketball star popped the question Oct. 19 in his Manhattan Beach, Calif. home.
"It was very special and obviously a very memorable evening in my life," the Russia-born Grand Slam champ gushed. "It's something I'll always remember, it was very sweet."
Jewelry expert Michael O'Connor told Us that her engagement ring appears to be a cushion-cut diamond of approximately 7 to 8 carats on a split-shank platinum band -- worth about $250,000.
Vujacic did the ring shopping all on his own, Sharapova confirmed. "Thank goodness my fiance has great taste! He did good."
The sports power couple haven't started planning their big day. "We're taking our time," Sharapova explained. "Right now we're just happy to be engaged. We're both very focused on what we do and we travel alot. We're just happy to have each other!"
What makes their romance work? "He's there for me," she said. "From the beginning he respected and understood my life. We're both very independent people, our careers required that, but at the end of the day we're comfortable and strong around each other."