Maria Sharapova, in full Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, (born April 19, 1987, Nyagan, Russia), a Russian tennis player who was one of the game’s leading contenders in the early 21st century, the winner of five Grand Slam titles. Check Maria Sharapova Biography.
She was world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five different occasions. Maria is the only Russian to hold a Career Grand Slam. She started her professional tennis career at the age of 14.
Despite suffering from multiple injuries during the course of her career, Maria Sharapova is one of the few woman tennis players to earn many accolades and retain her position in the sport.
Check out information on her biography and Achievements on and off the tennis court.
Maria Sharapova Biography
In 1989, Maria Sharapova and her family moved to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. In 1991, Aleksandr Kafelnikov, a family friend, gave Maria Sharapova her first tennis racquet.
She then started practicing regularly with her father at a local park. Maria Sharapova had her first tennis lessons with veteran Russian coach Yuri Yutkin.
Sharapova began playing tennis as a young child, and in 1993 she caught the attention of Czech-born American tennis star Martina Navratilova. Following a suggestion by Navratilova, Sharapova and her father moved (1994) to Florida.
Maria Sharapova was not granted admission to Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy immediately as she was too young to join the academy. She initially took up tennis training at the Rick Macci Tennis Academy.
She quickly earned a scholarship to a tennis academy. In 2001, at the age of 14, she turned professional. In 1995, IMG signed Maria Sharapova. IMG approved to pay the yearly tuition fee of $35,000 for Sharapova to remain at the Academy.
Maria Sharapova Achievements
In 2004, Maria Sharapova was able to enter the top 10 for the first time. Maria Sharapova got her first grand slam singles title at the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. In the 2004 WTA Tour Championships, Maria Sharapova won the finals against Serena Williams.
On August 22, 2005, Maria Sharapova was the first Russian woman to gain the world No. 1 ranking. In 2012, Maria Sharapova was only the tenth woman to complete a Career Grand Slam with the French Open victory.
Maria Sharapova bagged her first grand slam singles title since 2008 and fourth title overall at the 2012 French Open, which made her the sixth woman in the open era to complete a Career Grand Slam in singles.
She has to her credit 5 Grand Slam titles along with 35 singles titles. Maria Sharapova was the first torchbearer in the lighting ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Russia in 2014.
Maria Sharapova Brands and Other works
Other than sports, she has endorsed multiple brands owing to her popularity and good looks. Maria Sharapova has also supported the United Nations Development Programme. ESPY awarded the best tennis player award to her.
Maria Sharapova was awarded the WTA Humanitarian of the Year, WTA Most Fashionable Player (on and off-court), and WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player in 2010. She has been the brand ambassador of many leading brands such as Motorola, Tiffany, Land Rover, Canon, Tropicana, Gatorade, Nike, Porsche, Tag Heuer, etc.
Maria Sharapova has an estimated net worth of $150 million