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All About Sharapova

Maria Sharapova Yuryevna (Russian: Мария Юрьевна Шарапова; IPA: (listen), born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. A resident of the United States since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. He has been ranked World No. 1 by the WTA in singles on five separate occasions for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of the ten women, and the only Russian to keep the Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having won silver in women’s singles by Russia in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from 11 June 2012 to 8 July 2012. His 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles-dos in the French Open and one at the Australia Open, Wimbledon and US Open ranks third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams. She won the final of the WTA year-end in his debut in 2004. He has also won three doubles titles.

Despite a career prone to injury, Sharapova has reached a rare level of longevity in women’s football. She has won at least one singles title a year from 2003-2015, a streak surpassed only by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert. Several tennis experts and former players have called Sharapova one of the best competitors tennis with John McEnroe calling it one of the best the sport has ever seen.

Sharapova has appeared in a number of modeling assignments, including one in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She appeared in many commercials, including Nike, Prince, and Canon, being the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Since February 2007, it has been of good will of the United Nations Development Programme Ambassador, which specifically concerned the recovery of Chernobyl and Development Program. In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: The Past, Present, and Future” by  Time and in March 2012 was named one of the “100 best of all time” by Tennis Channel. According to Forbes, who has been named the highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and won US $ 285 million, including prize money since turning professional in 2001.

In March 2016, Sharapova revealed that he had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australia Open, admitting medium positive for a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the beginning of 2016. On 8 June 2016, which was suspended from tennis for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

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Early life
Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Russian SFSR. His parents, Yuri and Yelena, are Gomel, Belarus, the RSS. Concerned about the regional effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 that left his homeland shortly before Mary was born.

Introduction tennis
In 1989, when Sharapova was two, the family moved to Sochi, Krasnodar, Russia. A there friend of her father, Yuri Aleksandr Kafelnikov, whose son Yevgeny would go on to win two Grand Slam titles and become the first No. 1 world ranked tennis player from Russia was made. Aleksandr gave Sharapova her first tennis racket in 1991 when she was four, whereupon she began practicing regularly with his father at a local park. Mary took his first tennis lessons with veteran Russian coach Yuri Yutkin, who was immediately impressed when I saw your game, taking into account his “outstanding hand-eye coordination.”

Home of vocational training
In 1993, at the age of six, Sharapova attended a tennis clinic in Moscow run by Martina Navratilova, who recommended professional training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, who had players like Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and Anna Kournikova previously trained. with money tight, Yuri Sharapov paid the sum he and his daughter, neither of whom could speak English, allow travel to the United States of America, which eventually did in 1994. visa restrictions prevented Sharapova’s mother to join them for two years. to reach Florida with savings of US $ 700, Sharapova’s father took various low-paying jobs, including dishwasher, to finance their lessons until he was old enough to be admitted to the academy. Before entering the business of IMG, he trained with Rick Macci, at Rick Macci Tennis Academy. Then he was offered an agreement of IMG, which forced her to change schools. Originally, he trained with Rick Macci, but after the agreement with IMG, who could not see Rick Macci more. In 1995, she was signed by IMG, which agreed to pay the annual tuition fee of $ 35,000 for Sharapova to stay at the Academy, allowing you to finally enroll at the age of 9.

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Tennis career

Junior and early career
Sharapova first hit the tennis scene in November 2000, when he won the Herr International Junior Championships tennis Eddie in division 16 girls at the age of only 13.  She was then given a special award, the Prize Rising Star, which is awarded only to players of exceptional promise.  Sharapova made her professional debut in 2001 on his 14th birthday on April 19, and played her first WTA tournament at Pacific Life Open in 2002, winning a match before losing to Monica Seles. Due to restrictions on the number of professional events that could play, Sharapova was to perfect their game in youth tournaments, she reached the final of individual events for girls in the Australia Open and Wimbledon in 2002. She was the youngest girl to reach the final of the Open Junior championship Australia at age 14 and 9 months.

Sharapova reached number 6 in the world ranking ITF Junior on 21 October 2002. In all singles, won three junior singles tournaments and was a finalist in five, including two junior Grand Slam events. His record of wins and losses in the junior competition was 47-9. [twenty]

Junior Grand Slam results:
Open Australia: F (2002)
French Open: 3R (2002)
Wimbledon: F (2002)
US Open 2R (2001)

Sharapova Career Growth

2003: First tournament titles

2004: Wimbledon champion and rise to fame

2005: Rise to world No. 1 ranking

2006: US Open champion

2007: Shoulder injury and fall from the top 5

2008: Australian Open champion and second shoulder injury

2009: Shoulder surgery and rehabilitation

2010: Comeback and struggles with form

2011: Return to the top 10

2012: Career Grand Slam, return to world No. 1 and Olympic silver medal

2013: Third shoulder injury

2014: Comeback and second French Open title

2015: Fourth Australian Open final

2016: More injuries and suspension

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Sharapova Tennis Awards

2003
Russian Cup Newcomer of the Year
Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Newcomer of the Year
2004
WTA Player of the Year
WTA Most Improved Player of the Year
2005
ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
Prix de Citron Roland Garros
Russian Cup Female Tennis Player of the Year
2006
Russian Cup Female Tennis Player of the Year
Whirlpool 6th Sense Player of the Year
2007
ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
ESPY Best International Female Athlete
2008
ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
Russian Cup Team of the Year (as part of the Fed Cup team)
2010
WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player
WTA Humanitarian of the Year
WTA Most Fashionable Player (On Court)
WTA Most Fashionable Player (Off Court)
WTA Most Dramatic Expression
2012
ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
Medal of the Order For Merit to the Fatherland 2nd Class (April 28, 2012) – for her philanthropic activity
Medal of the Order For Merit to the Fatherland 1st Class (August 13, 2012) – for her outstanding contribution to the development of physical cultures and sports at the XXX Olympic Games in 2012 in London (Great Britain)[290]
Russian Cup Female Tennis Player of the Year
2016
Order For Merit to the Fatherland (February 5, 2016)

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