Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is a Russian tennis player and model, born on April 19, 1987 in Nyagan, Soviet Union.

Biography and life story of celebrity in English.

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Name: Maria Sharapova
Name in Russian: Мари́я Шара́пова
Country of nationality: Russia
Country of residence: United States
Country of origin: Russia
Date of birth: April 19, 1987
Place of birth: Nyagan, Soviet Union
Age: 35 years (in 2022)
Astrological sign: Aries
Profession: Athlete, model
Genre: tennis ball
Years of activity: 2001 – until now
Father: Yuri Sharapov
Mother: Elena Sharapova
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 59 kg

Biography, Life story

Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987 in the town of Nyagan in Siberia, the former Soviet Union (now Russia), to Russian parents, Yuri and Elena. She moved with her parents and boyfriend Dwidar alias Dwidar (Dui) from Belarus after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident that affected the region. At the age of two, the family moved to Sochi to her father’s friend, Alexander Kafelnikov, whose son was expected to be a Grand Slam champion. At the age of four, Alexander gave her her first tennis racket, and she began playing tennis regularly in a local park with her father. At the age of six, she attended a tennis school in Moscow run by Martina Navratilova, who recommended Sharapova to coach at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, which had coached players such as Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Anna Kournikova. At the age of seven, in 1994, she moved to Florida with her father and boyfriend Dwidar to escape the family’s life of poverty in Russia. Visa restrictions prevented Sharapova’s mother from joining Maria and her father for two years. Her father took several low-paying jobs, including washing dishes, to fund the girl’s lessons. In 1995, she was able to enter the IMG Academy.

Maria Sharapova - Maria SharapovaShe started her professional career in 2001. After several achievements, a rise in level and many titles, at the age of 17, in 2004, she won her first Grand Prix title at Wimbledon. In 2005, she was ranked number one in the world.

In 2006, she won eight WTA titles and came close to reaching number one in the world. However, she has lost in five Grand Slam semifinals in that period. She won her second of these tournaments at the US Open.

In 2007, she was forced to withdraw from several tournaments due to a shoulder injury, which was the reason for her dropping out of the top five in the WTA rankings for the first time in three years. She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Project, specifically focusing on efforts in Chernobyl to recover from the 1986 nuclear disaster.

In 2008, she won a third Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, and returned to number one in the world, and as a result of her success on and off the field, she was the world’s highest paid athlete, with $26 million USD. That same year, she had to have surgery on her shoulder, and took a ten-month hiatus from the practice, which led to her ranking dropping out of the top 100.

In 2009, she returned to practice and since then it has been ranked in the top 30.

Maria Sharapova - Maria SharapovaAside from tennis, Sharapova has appeared as an ad girl such as an advertisement for a bathing suit. In the period between 2005 and 2008, the most searched word on Yahoo was athlete “Maria Sharapova”.

In 2016, at a conference where she was expected to announce her retirement from tennis, she announced that she had tested positive for a drug at the Australian Open. She stated that for 10 years she had been taking the drug Meldronate, which was prescribed to her by her family doctor, this drug was not on the prohibited list in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list until January 1, 2016, and indicated that she was not aware of the addition of the drug to the prohibited list and that she hopes that Gives you a chance to play again. The President of the Russian Tennis Federation supported his compatriot and predicted that she would represent her country at the 2017 Olympics in Brazil.

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