Maria Sharapova
Nickname Masha
Country  Russia
Residence Longboat Key, Florida, United States
Date of birth April 19, 1987
Place of birth Nyagan', Soviet Union
Height 1.88 m
Weight 68.5 kg
Turned pro April 19, 2001
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$12,633,659
Career record 327–77
Career titles 19
Highest ranking No. 1
Current ranking No. 31
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W
French Open SF
Wimbledon W
US Open W
Major tournaments
WTA Championships Winner
Career record 23–17
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 41
Australian Open 2R
US Open 2R
Last updated on: August 24, 2009.

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova , Mariya Yur’evna Shara'pova ; born April 19, 1987) is a former World No. 1 Russian professional tennis player and three time Grand Slam singles champion. As of August 31, 2009, she is ranked World No. 31.

When Sharapova was seven, she and her father moved from their life of poverty in Russia to the United States, to enroll in the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. After rising rapidly through the junior and professional ranks in the years that followed, Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17. In the two years that followed, Sharapova won eight titles on the WTA Tour and had two brief stints as the World No. 1. However, she lost all five Grand Slam semifinals she played during this period. She ultimately won her second Grand Slam title at the 2006 US Open.

In 2007, a right shoulder injury forced Sharapova to withdraw from numerous tournaments; this was partially responsible for her dropping out of the top five on the WTA world rankings for the first time in three years. Although she won her third Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in early 2008 and returned to the World No. 1 position later in the year, her shoulder necessitated surgery in October 2008. Sharapova was away from the sport for ten months until May 2009, which caused her ranking to drop out of the top 100. Since returning, Sharapova's ranking has recovered to within the top 30.

Sharapova's public profile extends beyond tennis. She has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Sharapova was the most searched-for athlete on Yahoo! in both 2005 and 2008. 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. 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.

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