Nicknames: Maria Sharapova
Birth Date: 19 April 1987
Birth Place: Nyagan, Siberia, Russia
Weight: 131 lb
Education: Attended Keystone High School
Profession: Tennis player
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Maria Sharapova is currently world's no. 4 professional tennis player. Her family lived in Homiel, Belarus. But because of the Chernobyl nuclear accident happened in 1986 her parents moved to Sochi in Russia, near the Black Sea. Maria born on 19th April 1987 at Nyagan, Siberia, Russia. She won the citizenships of Russia while she is living in USA.
Maria Sharapova starts playing tennis at the age of four only. At that time a racquet was given to her by Yevgeny Kafelnikov's father. Sharapova completed her studies via internet with the Keystone High School home schooling program and had interest in sociology. In 2004, she was a 18 years and studding in second year of high school.
In 2004 Maria Sharapova won the prestigious Wimbledon tennis tournament and became the third youngest Wimbledon women's champion and second youngest Champion in the Open Era in straight sets (6-1, 6-4). She also became the first Russian ever to win that tournament. Maria Sharapova uses the Prince Shark Racket and consequently the popularity of the racket has gone through the roof.
Maria Sharapova - Biography
A most famous female athlete Maria Sharapova is a former tennis star. Her parents father Yuri Sharapova and mother Yelena was originally lived in Homiel, Belarus. When Maria was of three years old they moved to sochi because of some nuclear accidents.
From the next year i.e at the age of 4 Maria Sharapova started her career in playing tennis, using the racquet gifted to her by father of Yevgeny Kafelnikov. At the age of five or six she was spotted by Martina Navratilova and she requested Maria's parent to give her proper training of tennis in the United States.
At the age of 9 she was moved to United States to get the proper coaching of tennis at Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. After joining junior circuit she won the Sacramento, Hilton Head and Pilsen titles, with a record of 25-3 in 2001.
In 2002 Maria Sharapova made a record of 26-3 and won the Vancouver, Peachtree and Gunma titles. She also played three matches in the professional tour and ranked 186 on the WTA charts. In 2003 she made a professional tour and won Quebec City and Japan Open titles.
In the year of 2004 Maria's performance was better and she won few of the titles which includes the coveted Wimbledon's singles title. And ahe begins her career by ranking as #2. She was ranked #1 by the WTA for the first time in August 2005. At U.S. Open she was loosed in semi-final and finished tournament at #4 ranks.
In 2006, Maria Sharapova appeared on six page of bikini photo shoot in the annual magazine which was debuted on Valentine's Day with other 25 scantily-clad supermodels. She was ranked eight among the 100 Sexiest Women in the World in the 2006's list by the FHM magazine.
Some interesting facts about Maria Sharapova:
Other interests includes fashion, singing, dancing and movies.
In second year of high school and studies via an Internet school.
Favorite reading books - Sherlock Holmes and Pippi Longstocking series.
Favorite Cuisine - Russian and Thai
Favorite dessert - French crepes with Nutella.
Favorite drinks- orangina and virgin strawberry daiquiris
Signed with IMG Models in November 2003
Maria Sharapova - Career Statistics
Year Level Win-Loss
2001 Junior 25-3
2001 Challengers 0-1
2002 Junior 26-6
2002 Challengers 26-3
2002 WTA 1-2
2003 Challengers 4-1
2003 WTA 34-12
2004 WTA 55-15
2005 WTA 53-12
2006 WTA 11-3
Total - 214-50
2003: Tokyo & Quebec City
2004: Birmingham, Wimbledon, Seoul, Tokyo & WTA Championships
2005: Tokyo, Doha & Birmingham
2006: Indian Wells
2003: Tokyo, Luxembourg
Singles: 1 (22/8/2005)
Doubles: 41 (14/6/2004)
Best Grand Slam Performances
Ausralian Open: Semis
Roland Garros: Quarters
US Open: Semis
Maria Sharapova - Quotes
Tennis has never been the most important thing in my life. My family, my health, my happiness...they are more important to me. On court, I want to win. Off court, I want to be a better person. Tennis is a path to my future.
A great tennis career is something that a 15-year-old normally doesn't have. I hope my example helps other teens believe they can accomplish things they never thought possible.
I learned there's a big difference between juniors and the pros.
I'm just like every other girl who likes to shop, likes to look good, likes to spend time with friends.
I'm not the next anyone, I'm the first Maria Sharapova.
I don't follow other players or the tournaments they play. I have my own schedule and do my own thing. I never really think, 'Oh, I want to be or play like so-and-so.' I just like being myself.
I've been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience.
When I make commitments I like to stick to them, especially when Im giving back to kids. Just giving them an example of what they can achieve. I love giving back to kids. Its fantastic.
I never think about the numbers. Ive never played tennis for the money, because as long as I enjoy it, and I can achieve anything, then the money will come. I know that things will start coming up, many more people will want to start getting involved. But I just want to keep my head cool, and I want to leave (business) to the people who take care of business. I just go out and I just play tennis.
Ive been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience.
Maria Sharapova - Awards & Achievements
Following is the summary of Maria Sharapova's awards and achievements.
Year Awards Category
2005 ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
2005 - Named Russia's tennis federation as the country's best female player for the year
2005 - Awarded the honorary Master of Sports of Russia title
2004 WTA Player of the Year
2004 WTA Most Improved Player of the Year
2004 WTA Player Service
2004 - Outstanding achievements in sport
2003 WTA Newcomer of the Year
2003 YM magazine Named one of the coolest girls
2003 People Magazine On the Move
2003 - Laureus World Newcomer of the Year Award
2002 SPORT Magazine One of 21 athletes to watch for