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Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova at  in 2004
Country: Russia
Residence: Bradenton, Florida, USA
Height: 6' (183 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs. (59 kg)
Plays: Right
Turned pro: 2001
Highest singles ranking: 2 (03/11/2005)
Singles titles: 10
Career Prize Money: $3,733,464
Grand Slam Record
Titles: 1
Australian Open SF (2005)
French Open QF (2004-05)
Wimbledon W (2004)
U.S. Open 3rd (2004)

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова; born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. Her parents are originally from Gomel, Belarus, but moved to Russia in 1986 in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Sharapova was born in Nyagan, Siberia, the following year.

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Career

At the age of three, Sharapova moved with her family to the resort town of Sochi, beginning to play tennis at the age of four, using a racquet given to her by Yevgeny Kafelnikov's father. At age five or six, at a tennis clinic in Moscow, Sharapova was spotted by Martina Navratilova, who urged her parents to get her serious coaching in the United States.

In 2004, Sharapova became the second youngest Wimbledon women's champion in the Open Era (after Martina Hingis) by defeating defending two-time champion Serena Williams in straight sets (6-1, 6-4). In the process she also became the first Russian ever to win that tournament.

A 6 foot blonde, Sharapova is regarded by many as possessing a natural beauty and figure and has done some modeling, having signed a contract in November 2003 with IMG Models. She enjoys fashion and is known to read celebrity magazines. However, she says she does not want to overdo these activities, preferring to focus on her tennis. She is often compared to Anna Kournikova, also a Russian Bollettieri student and model. However, Sharapova, Bollettieri, and Kournikova all reject the comparison.

By winning her second Birmingham title in 2005, Sharapova has a 17-match winning streak on grass (dating back to June 2004).

Education

Sharapova studies via correspondence on the internet with the Keystone High School home schooling program and has a liking for sociology.

Awards

2003

  • WTA Newcomer of the Year

2004

  • WTA Player of the Year
  • WTA Most Improved Player of the Year
  • WTA Player Service

Titles (10)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (1)
WTA Championships (1)
Tier I Event (1)
WTA Tour (7)

Singles (10)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. Sep 29, 2003 Tokyo, Japan Hard Aniko Kapros (Hungary) 2-6 6-2 7-6
2. Oct 27, 2003 Quebec City, Canada Hard Milagros Sequera (Venezuela) 6-2 RET
3. Jun 7, 2004 Birmingham, Great Britain Grass Tatiana Golovin (France) 4-6 6-2 6-1
4. Jun 21, 2004 Wimbledon, London, Great Britain Grass Serena Williams (USA) 6-1 6-4
5. Sep 27, 2004 Seoul, South Korea Hard Marta Domachowska (Poland) 6-1 6-1
6. Oct 4, 2004 Tokyo, Japan Hard Mashona Washington (USA) 6-0 6-1
7. Nov 8, 2004 WTA Championships, Los Angeles, USA Hard Serena Williams (USA) 4-6 6-2 6-4
8. Feb 6, 2005 Tokyo, Japan Carpet Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-1 3-6 7-6
9. Feb 21, 2005 Doha, Qatar Hard Alicia Molik (Australia) 4-6 6-1 6-4
10. Jun 6, 2005 Birmingham, Great Britain Grass Jelena Jankovic (Serbia & Montenegro) 6-2 4-6 6-1

Singles Finalist (2)

  • 2004: Zurich (lost to Alicia Molik)
  • 2005: Miami (lost to Kim Clijsters)

Performance Timeline

Tournament 2005 2004 2003 2002 Career
Australian Open SF 3r 1r - 0
Roland Garros QF QF 1r - 0
Wimbledon W 4r - 1
US Open 3r 2r - 0
WTA Tour Championships W - - 1
Finals reached 4 6 2 0 12
Tournaments Won 3 5 2 0 10
Hardcourt Win-Loss 18-3 55-15 34-12 1-2 73-23
Carpet Win-Loss 4-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 5-1
Grass Win-Loss 6-0 12-0 9-2 0-0 28-2
Clay Win-Loss 8-2 8-3 5-2 0-0 13-5
Overall Win-Loss 36-5 55-15 34-12 1-2 118-31
Year End Ranking 4 32 186 N/A

External links

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