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Biography of Maria Sharapova

Biography of Maria Sharapova
Saturday 25 September 2004
On the 19th of April 1987 a new tennisstar was born in Nyagan (Russia). At the age of four Maria picked up a racket and started playing tennis. In 1992 Maria was spotted at a Exhibition Tournament in Moscow by tennis legend Martina Navratilova who recommends her Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy in Bradenton (Florida/USA). Maria and her father Yuri Sharapova decided to follow Martina's advise and moved in 1995 to Miami (USA), and joined the Bollettieri's Academy. These where hard times for the young Maria, wich started a two-year separation from her mother who was left-behind in Russia because of visa restrictions and the family's financial situation.

By following her dream, to become an ultimate tennisstar, she sacrificed a lot of things. She barely saw her father for one year. On her 14th Birthday Maria turned professional. Off court she develops interests in reading, fashion, dancing, stampcollecting and watching movies - her favourite movie is Pearl Harbor. In the year 2002 she reaches the final of the Junior Australian Open, and enters the WTA world rankings at Number 532. At the end of the year she rushes the rankings at No.186! Maria just kept on rising in the rankings, and in 2003 she made one's first appearance in the Australian Open and qualifies for the French Open. She also won her first titles at the WTA tour in Japan and Quebec. She ended the year 2003 ranked 32. 2004 is the year of Maria Sharapova, the 6ft tall Russian beauty reached the third round of the Australian Open where she sadly lost from another russian, Anastasia Myskina. A few months later Maria was the shining star at Wimbledon. She shown Serena Williams her Russian power, and won Wimbledon (6-1, 6-4).
Today (09/25/2004) Maria is ranked 9 on the WTA World rankings, and believe me, within a few years she will be No.1.
Residence: Bradenton, Florida, USA Date of Birth: April 19, 1987 Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia (Siberian Region) Height: 6' (1.83 m) Weight: 130 lbs. (59 kg) Plays: Right-handed Racquet: Prince More Attack Clothing Sponsor: Nike
Carreer Highlights
SINGLES Winner 2004 - Birmingham 2004 - Seoul (Korea Open) 2004 - Wimbledon 2004 - WTA Tour Championships 2004 - Tokyo (Japan Open) 2003 - Tokyo (Japan Open) 2003 - Quebec City 2002 - ITF/Gunma-JPN 2002 - ITF/Vancouver-CAN 2002 - ITF/Peachtree City-USA Semifinalist 2004 - Beijing 2004 - Memphis 2004 - Philadelphia 2004 - Zurich (Swisscom Challenge) 2003 - Birmingham 2003 - Luxembourg Quarterfinalist 2004 - Roland Garros 2004 - San Diego 2003 - Shanghai
DOUBLES Winner 2004 - Birmingham (w/Kirilenko) 2003 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Tanasugarn) 2003 - Luxembourg (w/Tanasugarn) Final 2004 - Memphis (w/Zvonareva)
 
 
Latest News on Maria Sharapova
2006 US Open final: defeated Justine Henin-Hardenne, 6-4 6-4. Coming into her first major final since Wimbledon, Sharapova seemed to be at a disadvantage as Henin-Hardenne had won their last four meetings. However, Sharapova dominated this match, employing an attacking style to claim her second major title. Sharapova defeated all of the top three players and reigning Grand Slam champions (with all of whom she has losing head-to-head records) during the summer hardcourt season (former world number two and 2005 US Open titleholder Clijsters in the San Diego final, number one and Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Mauresmo in a US Open semifinal, and current number two and French Open winner Henin-Hardenne in the final).
March 27th 2007: Unfortunately Maria Sharapova suffered a 2 set loss in the Sony Ericsson Championships 4th round, a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Serena Williams. "Once she gets up in the set or in the match, she seems to steamroll," Sharapova said.
March 25th 2007: Great news for Maria Sharapova as she won her 3rd round at the Sony Ericsson Championships. She posted a 3 set win against Venus Williams, a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win that now puts her up against Serena Williams or Lucie Safarova. "Going against someone that has so much experience and someone that's won as many titles as she has, I have to expect that from her no matter if she hasn't played that much or she's been out of competition for a while," Sharapova said.
 
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