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Maria Sharapova


Maria Sharapova Russian tennis playerMaria Sharapova, born in Nyagan, Russia, was a former World's No. 1 professional tennis player. Sharapova has won three Grand Slam singles tournaments including the 2004 Wimbledon title, the 2006 US Open, and the 2008 Australian Open. Off court she's used her good looks in modeling and endorsements, becoming one of the world's highest paid female athletes. In 2010, even at the end of her peak play in women's professional tennis, Maria Sharapova inked an eight year deal with Nike purported to be worth an estimated $70 million (the most lucrative deal of its time for any sportswoman).  



Maria Sharapova Facts


Russian Name: Мария Шарапова

Plays: Right-handed

Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

Place of Birth: Nyagan, USSR

Date of Birth: April 19, 1987

Turned Pro: April 19, 2001

Highest Ranking

  • Singles No. 1 (Aug 22, 2005)
  • Dbls No. 41 (June 14, 2004)




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Maria Sharapova Titles & Awards



  • Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Rookie of the Year



  • Singles Champion at Wimbledon
  • Singles Title at WTA Championships
  • WTA Player of the Year
  • WTA Most Improved Player of the Year



  • ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
  • Named the country's best female player for the year by the Russian Tennis Federation
  • Master of Sports of Russia
  • Prix de Citron Roland Garros



  • Singles Champion at US Open
  • Named the country's best female player for the year by the Russian Tennis Federation
  • Whirlpool 6th Sense Player of the Year



  • ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
  • ESPY Best International Female Athlete
  • ESPN Hottest Female Athlete



  • Singles Champion at Australian Open
  • Named the January 2008 female Athlete of the Month by the United States Sports Academy for her performance at the Australian Open
  • ESPY Best Female Tennis Player