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Maria Sharapova - Short Biography, Achievements, Personal Life and Quotes

Maria Sharapova
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
(April 19, 1987, Nyagan, Tyumen Oblast, Russia (Siberian Region)
Nationality: Russia
Category: Athletes
Occupation: Tennis Players, Models,
Unique distinction: The first Russian to win a Wimbledon singles title, the highest-paid female athletes in the world (26 mln -on July 2010). Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in). Weight : 59 kg  (130 lb). Measurements: 82-61-86.5 (EU);  32.5-24-34 (US).
Gender: Female
Quotes: 1. I want my tennis to speak for everything. 2. I'm always on the go. I love doing things until I hit rock bottom. Then I need my 12 hours of sleep, and I'm on the go again. 3. If you're able to help some people and make them smile and make them realize that life is good. 4. 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. 5. I always listened to my own voice, and it always told me that for some reason I'm meant to be better. I'm meant to succeed again. And I did. 6. Music is a part of my life all the time - on the plane, before matches, driving out to the court. 7. I'm an athlete. I go out there and fight my heart out.
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Social and professional position: Maria Sharapova is a professional tennis player and model.
The main contribution to (what is known): Maria Sharapova is a famous Russian professional tennis player and five time Grand Slam singles champion. She is also the Career Grand Slam owner.

 Achievements: World No. 1 as 22 August of 12 September, 2005 WTA Tour Ranking.
Winner of 36 WTA Tours, 5 ITF Tours in singles and 3 WTA Tours in doubles. She is the Career Grand Slam owner. She won the year-ending WTA Finals in 2004.
Ranking WTA: #1 (9490) on 16 June 2012;  #2 (7890) On 18 April 2015;  # 258 (185) On 12 May 2017; #57 (1005) on 20 October 2017.
She is  an Olympic medalist, having earned silver in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Project Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with efforts in Chernobyl to recover from the 1986 nuclear disaster.
In July 2008, as a result of her success both on and off court, she was the world's highest-paid female athlete, earning US$26 million.
Her total Prize money is US $ 36,766,149.
According to Forbes, she has been named highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million including prize money. 
Sharapova is an aggressive baseliner, with power, depth, and angles on her forehand and backhand.
She is able to use both hands with equal facility. Maria’s  greatest asset is considered to be her willpower,  mental toughness and competitive spirit.
She is blonde, leggy, and beautiful and also impressed everyone with her talent. She personifies a combination of inner strength and beauty. In 2006, Maxim ranked Sharapova the hottest athlete in the world for the fourth consecutive year. She has been featured in a number of modeling assignments. In 2006, she appeared in a bikini for a six-page photo shoot in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.In January, 2010, she signed an eight-year Nike contract, worth $70 million. In 2010 she's added Sony to an endorsement portfolio that includes Pepsi, Colgate-Palmolive, Nike and Motorola.

Major works: Sharapova's autobiography, "Unstoppable: My Life So Far" was published on September 12, 2017.


Origin: She was born on April 19, 1987 in Nyagan, a town in the Siberian region of Russia. Her parents, Yuri and Yelena, had fled from the Gomel (Belarus) a year earlier to avoid radiation from Chernobyl.
Education: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Career highlights:

Her official professional tennis career began in 2001 and  in  2003 she joined the WTA Tour.
In 2004 she beat champion player Serena Williams and won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon at the age of 17.
It made Sharapova the first Russian to win a Wimbledon singles title and also a second Russian woman to win a grand slam. (after Anastasia Myskina on Roland Garros, 2004)
She is the second youngest Wimbledon women’s champion in the Open Era (after Martina Hingis) and   also the third-youngest women's champion in history (first was Monica Seles who at 16 years, 6 months won Roland Garros 1990)
She ultimately won her second Grand Slam title at the 2006 US Open.
In early 2008 she won her third Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and returned to the World No. 1 position.
In October 2008  her shoulder needed surgery and she was away from the sport for ten months until May 2009.  Since returning, Sharapova's ranking has recovered and as of 18 September 2010, she is ranked World No. 15.
In 2011 she return to the top 10. On 2012 and  2014 she won French Open.
In March 2016, Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open, admitting to testing positive for meldonium, which banned at the start of 2016. On June 8, 2016, she was suspended from playing tennis for two years.

On October 2016 the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her suspension by nine months. On February 2017 Maria Sharapova announced that she was going to return at April Event in Germany.
She was granted a wildcard entry to Stuttgart's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The tournament’s main draw starts on April 24, two days before her 15-month suspension. Sharapova played her first game on April 26 in Stuttgart and reached the semi-finals. Later she  played at the Mutua Madrid Open, where she finished the fight in the second round. On the US Open Sharapova  faced world No. 2 Simona Halep, and won in three sets,  but she was defeated by sixteenth seed Anastasija Sevastova  in the fourth round.
On 17 October, 2017 Sharapova won the Tianjin Open, marking her first WTA title since 2015.


Personal life:

In 1989, she moved with the family to the Sochi, a town on the Black Sea.  On her fourth birthday a chance encounter changed her life, when a family friend, Kafelnikov's father, gave Maria one of his son's old tennis racquets. In 1993, famed tennis player Martina Navratilova saw Maria's talent and suggested to Sharapova's father that she start training at the Tennis Academy in Florida.
When, she was only 7, she and her father moved to the United States, to enroll in the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. IMG, the sports management company, agreed to sponsor Maria and put up the $35,000 US per year it costs to stay at the Bollettieri Academy.
Two years later, her mother come to Florida and from that moment, she took it upon herself to educate Maria, who has never been in a formal school in her life. Maria's father Yuri was her first coach and now he helps her coach Michael Joyce.
In 2011, she was engaged to Slovenian basketball player (b.1984, 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) for the Los Angeles Lakers.They had been dating since 2009. The pair had ended the engagement and separated during early 2012. On  2012  she began dating Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. They ended their relationship in July 2015.
Current Residence: Bradenton, Florida, USA.

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