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Maria Sharapova

Tennis Player
Female
Born Apr 19, 1987

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player. As of June 25, 2012 she is ranked world No. 1 and is the only Russian player in the top-10. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has won 27 WTA singles titles, including four Grand Slam singles titles. She has also won the year-end WTA Tour Championships in 2004. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked Sharapova World No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. She became the world No.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1987 - 1989 2 More Events
1991 4 Years Old Aleksandr gave Sharapova her first tennis racquet in 1991 when she was four, whereupon she began practicing regularly with her father at a local park. … Read More
1993 6 Years Old 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, which had previously trained players such as Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and Anna Kournikova. … Read More
1995 8 Years Old In 1995, she was signed by IMG, who agreed to pay the annual tuition fee of $35,000 for Sharapova to stay at the Academy, allowing her to finally enroll at the age of 9.

TEENAGE

2000 - 2001 2 More Events
2002 15 Years Old 1 More Event
Due to restrictions on how many professional events she could play, Sharapova went to hone her game in junior tournaments, where she reached the finals of the girls' singles events at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2002. … Read More
2003 16 Years Old From 2003, Sharapova played a full season and made a rapid climb into the top 50 by the end of the year. … Read More
…  She won the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004. … Read More
At the end of 2005, Sharapova stated she was now keen to make her Fed Cup debut and was set to play against Belgium in April 2006, but withdrew. … Read More

TWENTIES

2007 - 2009 4 More Events
It was announced that Sharapova would bring in Thomas Högstedt as a coach for the 2011 season, joining Michael Joyce. … Read More
Sharapova withdrew from the 2012 Brisbane International because of her ongoing ankle injury.
Sharapova's first scheduled tournament of the 2013 season was the Brisbane International, where she was seeded second.
At the 2014 Australian Open Sharapova, ranked 3rd, was knocked out of the tournament in the 4th round by the 20th seed, and eventual finalist, Dominika Cibulková. … Read More
Sharapova kicked off her 2015 season at the Brisbane International where she was top seed and received a bye in the first round. … Read More
In March 2016, Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open, admitting to testing positive for meldonium, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the start of 2016.
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