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Maria Sharapova
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Sharapova at the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open
Full name Maria Yuryevna
Sharapova
Country  Russia
Residence Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Born April 19, 1987 (1987-04-19) (age 32)
Nyagan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro April 19, 2001
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money

$38,560,323

  • 3rd in all-time rankings (female)
Singles
Career record 643–164 (79.68%)
Career titles 36 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (August 22, 2005)
Current ranking No. 27 (February 4, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (2008)
French Open W (2012, 2014)
Wimbledon W (2004)
US Open W (2006)
Other tournaments
Championships W (2004)
Doubles
Career record 23–17 (57.5%)
Career titles 3 WTA
Highest ranking No. 41 (June 14, 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2003, 2004)
US Open 2R (2003)
Mixed Doubles
Career record 2–1 (66.7%)
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open QF (2004)
Team Competitions
Fed Cup W (2008),
Record 7–1
Last updated on: 3 September 2018.

Maria Sharapova (born 19 April 1987) is a Russian tennis player. She was born in Nyagan, Western Siberia, RSFSR. Her parents had moved from Belarus to protect themselves from the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The Sharapov1 family moved again in 1989, when Maria became interested in tennis, when watching her father play, and played tennis with a second-hand racquet. She would practice tennis by hitting the tennis ball against the wall every day, and her dad soon noticed that she was very good at the sport. Maria's tennis coaches told the Sharapovs that they should move to Moscow, Russia, to get better training. The Sharapovs moved again, from Moscow, to follow Maria's coach, Martina Navratilova's advice, to move to the United States.

There was a problem, though. Sharapova's mother, Yelena, could not get a visa to go to the United States. Meanwhile, Maria and her father tried to get Maria to go to a famous sports school, and they also had to learn English. Maria showed so much talent that soon, she got a full scholarship to attend the school. At first though, Maria's dad had to pay for Maria to stay at the famous school, doing all sorts of jobs so that they could be able to pay for the school.

Sharapova trained harder and harder. She was videotaped when practicing, and her every move was recorded.

She began to win tournaments and many people started to notice her. Her games improved, and Maria gained more fans.

She has won 35 singles titles in her career, including five Grand Slam championships: Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open in 2012 and 2014. She won an Olympic silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is the world number 3 women's tennis player as of September 2015. In 2005, she was ranked world number 1 for the first time, and in 2012 for the last time.

In March 2016, Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open, admitting to testing positive for meldonium, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the start of 2016. On June 8, 2016, she was suspended from playing tennis for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

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