Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova Profile

Name: Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
Nickname: Masha
Birth date: April 19, 1987
Birth place: Nyagan, Russia
Height: 183 cm
Family: Parents
Education: Keystone High School (internet learning)
Profession: Professional tennis player

Hobbies: Dancing, fashion, movies and singing
Favorite dessert: French crepes with Nutella

Maria Sharapova Biography

Maria Sharapova started playing tennis at age of 4 and when Sharapova was 6, she got to play legendary tennis player Martina Navratilova when Navratilova was giving an exhibition class in Moscow.

Navratilova saw the talent in Sharapova and recommended Sharapova’s father to send her to Nick Bollettieri’s Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida USA… which he did when Sharapova was 9.

Sharapova turned pro at the tender age of 14 and emerged quickly as one of the most talk-about tennis players back then.

Even before Maria Sharapova claimed any major title, she began to feature on various magazines but she proved to the world that she is not just a pretty face by being the first ever Russian Wimbledon champion at the age 17 years old.

Maria Sharapova also won the Season-Ending Championships at the same year (2004) and ranked top 5 at the year end rankings.

Maria Sharapova became the first ever Russian woman to hold WTA world No.1 ranking on August 22, 2005. However series of injuries had prevented her from winning any grand slam in 2005, and she eventually lost her No 1 ranking by year end.

It took a while for Sharapova to recover back her form; she won her first title in 9 months at the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells on March 2006.

Maria Sharapova also made headline in early 2006 for posing in bikini for Sports Illustrated. She also began to appear more and more in international commercials.

Not everyone like the way Sharapova play the game though, some opponents actually complained that she’s making too much noise with her screaming when hitting the ball.

Maria Sharapova won her 2nd Grand Slam title in US Open 2006.

Why I like Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is cute, and she show lots of passion on court… great determination and always full of spirit.

Maria Sharapova Pictures, Photos and Videos

Galleries 1 l 2 — Videos 1 l 2

Maria Sharapova Related Websites

Official website

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