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Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts

Full Biography of Maria Sharapova

Full Name: Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
Native name: Мария Юрьевна Шарапова
Country: Russia
Residence: Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Born: April 19, 1987 (age 31) Nyagan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro: April 19, 2001
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand), born left-handed
Coach:  Yuri Sharapov, Thomas Högstedt
Prize money : US$37,993,393
Rankings : 3rd in all-time (female)
Official website: mariasharapova.com

Who Is Maria Sharapova?

 

Beautiful woman and future tennis player Maria Yrievna Sharapova was born in a distant Siberian town Nyagan on April 19, 1987. Masha’s parents Yuri Viktorovich Sharapov and Elena Petrovna Sharapova were born in Gomel, Belarus. But they decided to leave the city few months before the birth of their daughter, because Gomel is not far from Chernobyl.

This town became a source of environmental pollution and radiation. Masha was born in a safe and clean area, and soon the family moved to the south, and chose to live in Sochi.

Masha started to play tennis very early. At the age of four, the girl has already known how to hold a racket. There is information that Evgeny Kafelnikov presented the first racket to the future champion. The father of the legendary Russian tennis player was friends with Masha’s father Yuri Sharapov.

Maria Sharapova in childhood

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts

When Maria was 6, she played one tennis game with Martina Navratilova: the sportswoman gave tennis lessons during her visit to Moscow. Navratilova understood that little Sharapova was a talented child and advised Masha’s parents to go to the tennis academy of Nick Bollettieri located in America. Yuri Sharapov was very serious about his daughter’s sports future and followed the advice. In 1995, Masha and her father moved to the United States. They decided to live in Bradenton, where the school was situated. Maria Sharapova lives there now.

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts–Business Interests and Personal Life

Off the court, the photogenic Sharapova has landed major commercial endorsements with companies like Nike, Avon, Evian, TAG Heuer, Porsche and Tiffany & Co., among others. She was the world’s highest-paid female athlete for several years, with Forbes estimating her earnings at $29.7 million in 2015.

After the March 2016 announcement that Sharapova had failed a drug test, sponsors including TAG Heuer and Porsche suspended their relationships with the tennis star, leaving open the possibility of working with her in the future. Other sponsors like Nike, Evian and the racket manufacturer Head continued their support of Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts

Sharapova’s other business ventures include the 2012 launch of the Sugarpova candy line with Jeff Rubin, the founder of IT’SUGAR. A portion of the sales are donated to the Maria Sharapova Foundation to support her charitable causes. “It started when I was a little girl in Russia, and my dad would reward me with a lollipop or chocolate after a long day of practice,” she wrote on the Sugarpova website. “It stood out to me then – and still today – that there’s no reason why hard work can’t be rewarded with a little sweet treat. Because the key to a happy, healthy life for me is this idea of Moderation in Moderation – you can 100% have your cake (or candy) and enjoy it, too.”

In her personal life, Sharapova began a relationship with Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic in 2009. After a year of dating, the couple announced that they were engaged in October 2010. During a post-match conference at the 2012 U.S. Open, Sharapova announced that the engagement was off and that her relationship with Vujacic had ended. Afterward, she dated Bulgarian tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov from 2013 to 2015. As of January 2018 she’s been dating Paddle8 co-founder Alexander Gilkes.

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Maria Sharapova – Tennis

It was difficult for Maria Sharapova to get used to her schedule of activities and physical exercises. She stood it and became a strong-willed person. At this period she developed the will to win at all costs.

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts

Maria Sharapova on court

Sharapova made her debut in 2001 in Sarasota in adult tournaments organized by the International Tennis Federation. She was only 14 years old at that time. Though the young tennis player lost in the first round, her great sports career has begun. The first time is always the hardest ” and it only made the sportswoman to work harder. A year later in Columbus Maria Sharapova defeated her opponent, who was one of the top 300 tennis players in the world. And Masha was not even in the rating of the Women’s Tennis Association.

Since childhood Sharapova has developed her own style of playing tennis. It was always a loud shout after kicking the ball and Maria’s competitors couldn’t stand it. There is information that Maria’s grunting on court sometimes reaches 105 decibels. It is like the sound of a jet plane engine.

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts

Sharapova’s grunting irritates her opponents. Some of them even lose games because their nervous system was on edge. Maria Sharapova knows about thiat, but she is not going to change anything:

“I absolutely do not care about other people’s opinion. This is my way of playing since childhood, and I’m not going to change it! “.

Her father Yuri Sharapov previously accompanied his daughter during her sports competitions. He also has his own way of rooting for Masha. Sharapov often uses abusive language at matches, though not everyone wants to hear it. He often quarrels with fans, and Maria’s opponents complain of his rude actions.

2009–2010: Shoulder surgery, rehabilitation, comeback & struggles with form

Sharapova did not attempt to defend her Australian Open title, as she continued to recover from surgery. She returned to the sport in March, in the doubles tournament at the BNP Paribas Open, but she and partner Elena Vesnina lost in the first round. After this, Sharapova withdrew from further singles tournaments, resulting in her standing in the world rankings being severely affected. She dropped out of the top 100 for the first time in six years in May, the nadir being world No. 126.

Maria Sharapova owns the brand "Sugarpova"
Maria Sharapova owns the brand “Sugarpova”

Sharapova made the quarterfinals of the French Open, her best Grand Slam performance of 2009
Playing her first singles tournament in nearly ten months, Sharapova made the quarterfinals of the clay-court Warsaw Open in May, losing to finalist Alona Bondarenko.[85] The following week, in her first Grand Slam appearance since her surgery, she reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, before her run was ended by Dominika Cibulková.

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During the summer grass-court season, Sharapova played in Birmingham, losing in the semifinals to Li Na. Sharapova then played at Wimbledon as the 24th seed. She was upset in the second round by Gisela Dulko in three sets.

Sharapova enjoyed considerable success in the summer months, reaching the quarterfinals at the Bank of the West Classic, the semifinals at the LA Women’s Tennis Championships, and finishing runner-up at the Rogers Cup to Elena Dementieva. At the 2009 US Open, Sharapova was seeded 29th.

She found her way into the third round, defeating Tsvetana Pironkova and Christina McHale all in straight sets. She was stunned in the third round by American teenager Melanie Oudin. It was the second time in Sharapova’s career that she lost to a teenager at a Grand Slam, having lost to Agnieszka Radwańska during the same event in 2007. The loss made Sharapova’s ranking go down to No. 32.

The final stretch of the season brought Sharapova her first title of the year in Tokyo, after opponent Jelena Janković retired after being down 2–5 to Sharapova in the final.[90] By virtue of that result, she was the recipient of a bye at the China Open, but failed to capitalize on it, losing to Peng Shuai in the third round. She ultimately finished the season at world No. 14, having improved from No. 126 when she started her comeback from injury.

2010 Maria Sharapova tennis season

After playing two exhibition tournaments in Asia, Sharapova officially began her season at the Australian Open, where she was upset in her first-round match against Maria Kirilenko. The loss meant that for the first time since 2003, Sharapova had lost her opening match at a Grand Slam event. She then rebounded by winning a smaller American event, the Cellular South Cup, her 21st career WTA title and first of the year.

At the BNP Paribas Open, Sharapova lost in the third round to Zheng Jie, aggravating a bruised bone on her right elbow in the process, which resulted in her eventual withdrawal from the Sony Ericsson Open and the Family Circle Cup.

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Returning at the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, Sharapova lost in the first round to Lucie Šafářová. She continued her French Open preparation at the Internationaux de Strasbourg as a wildcard, advancing to the final, where she beat Kristina Barrois. This was her first title on red clay and 22nd overall title. At the French Open, Sharapova’s brief clay season culminated with a third-round loss to four-time champion Justine Henin.

Sharapova began her preparations for Wimbledon at the Aegon Classic. She advanced to the final for the fourth time, where she lost to Li Na. As the 16th seed at Wimbledon, Sharapova lost in the fourth round to world No. 1 and eventual champion Serena Williams, despite having three set points in the opening set.

The match was seen as another encouraging performance for Sharapova, with some stating their belief that she was approaching the form that would see her contending for Grand Slams once more, and Sharapova herself stating that she felt that she was “in a much better spot than I was last year.”

During the US Open Series, Sharapova made two straight finals, losing to Victoria Azarenka at the Bank of the West Classic, and to Kim Clijsters at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open. In the latter match, Sharapova held three match points while leading 5–3 on Clijsters’s serve late in the second set, but could not convert them. At the U.S. Open, Sharapova was the 14th seed. She made it to the fourth round, where she played top seed and 2009 finalist Caroline Wozniacki and lost.

Sharapova’s last two tournaments of the season ended in disappointment. She played in the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she was upset in the first round by 39-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm. Her last tournament of the year was the China Open, where she lost in the second round to fellow Russian Elena Vesnina.She ended the year at number 18 in the world.

Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams

In July, 2004 there was Maria’s greatest victory. She won Wimbledon. She managed to defeat her opponent – the two-time tournament winner, Serena Williams in the final of the women’s singles category. This victory allowed Sharapova to enter the elite of the women’s tennis world.

During the period from August 2008 to March 2009 Maria did not appear on court. She had a surgery on her shoulder. But in 2010 she returned and this return was marked by a series of victories. By the way, Sharapova is an ambidextrous; It means she is able to use right and left hands equally well.

In July 2012, the tennis player Sharapova became the standard-bearer of the Russian team in London, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Maria Sharapova owns the brand “Sugarpova”

Maria is close to the world of fashion and show business. In August 2013, the tennis player presented in New York her collection of fashion accessories under her registered brand “Sugarpova”. Maria was offered to become a model, but Sharapova refused because it meant to stop her sports career. Although her measures (height is 188, weight is 59) are ideal for modeling career.

In 2006, according to Sports Illustrated magazine the girl became the most beautiful sportswoman of the year.

Maria Sharapova  — Net worth

Maria Sharapova is a very wealthy sportswoman

Forbes Magazine listed Sharapova among the “100 most influential world celebrities”. At that time, the girl became the only Russian woman on this list. In the period from May 1, 2010 to May 1, 2011 Masha was also listed as one the world’s highest paid athletes. For that year Sharapova’s income reached $ 24.2 million.

In 2013, “Forbes” listed Sharapova for the ninth time. According to the magazine, the total income of the tennis player has reached 29 million dollars per year.

Maria Sharapova is a very wealthy sportswoman

In November 2009, Maria Sharapova became the wealthiest Russian athletes (according to the magazine “Finance”). It is known that in Harvard business school there are lectures on the successful marketing of Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova.

This is not surprising. The athlete actively uses social media to communicate with fans. It is known that on Facebook she has millions of “friends”, Sharapova is an active user of Twitter.

Maria Sharapova Relationships life

In 2005, the sportswoman had short relations with Adam Levin, the singer of the Maroon 5 group.

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & FactsMaria Sharapova and Adam Levin

The first long relationship of the athlete, which became known to her fans, began in 2009. Masha had relationship with the basketball player from Slovenia Sasha Vuyachich. In October 2010, there were rumors about their engagement. But the man didn’t become Maria’s husband. And in August 2012, Sharapova told journalists that they decided to break up.

Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts

In May 2013, Maria Sharapova confirmed rumors that she began dating the tennis player from Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov. The athlete is also known for being a boyfriend of Maria’s opponent on court Serena Williams. In autumn, 2012 the relations between Bulgarian man and Russian woman began. Grigor is 5 years younger than Mary, but this difference was not felt in their relationship.

Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts

In September 2014, the journalists reported that the couple was no longer together. The sportswoman denied the rumors, saying that everything is fine in her life. But in July 2015, journalists again suspected that something was wrong. They noticed that Maria and Grigor didn’t read each other’s messages on social media. Soon Dimitrov confirmed rumors about their breakup and wished her success in life and sport.

Nicoleta Lozanova and Cristiano Ronaldo

Maria Sharapova on court

There were rumors that the Bulgarian model Nicoleta Lozanova was the real reason of Maria and Grigor’s breakup. Anyway, in late 2015, there was information that she began dating the famous Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo. The media tried to develop the topic of possible relations between Ronaldo and Sharapova, but the reason was too little: the Portuguese “LIKED” Maria’s photo in Instagram, and Sharapova answered the player and subscribed his page.

Maria Sharapova Doping scandal

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts

In 2016, there was an unpleasant moment in career of Sharapova: Maria was involved in a big doping scandal. It is more correct to say that Sharapova began the scandal.

Maria Sharapova provoked the doping scandal

On March 6, Masha called an urgent press conference, in which she confessed that meldonium had been found in her analyzes. Sharapova took this drug at that time for 10 years, but before January 1, 2016, it was not banned. The letter, which notified about the changes, Sharapova did not read. After that, a serious scandal broke out in the whole of Russian sport: a number of athletes were banned from participating in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and the whole Paralympic team from participating in the Paralympic Games.

After that scandal her colleagues commented on this situation in foreign media. The majority of them were negative. But Masha stood it, and in autumn, 2016, she reduced the punishment from two years to 15 months in a sports arbitration court. Sharapova should return on court on April 26, 2017, a week after her 30th birthday.

Maria Sharapova now

Sharapova has something to do besides tennis. Maria is expanding the range of products of her brand “Shugarpova”. Chewing sweets and marmalade from Maria Sharapova have already tested in two dozen countries, including Russia. And in early February 2017, the tennis player introduced her new product – premium chocolate with a “chocolate kiss” from the athlete on each piece.

Maria told in “Evening Urgant” TV program about chocolate, and also about what she was doing during the disqualification. Masha told that she had dreamed of producing chocolate since childhood. And finally, she made her dream come true. Maria produced 4 kinds of this product: bitter chocolate, dark chocolate with coconut, milk chocolate with strawberries, and milk chocolate. People may buy chocolate from Sharapova in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Maria Sharapova at the “Oscar-2017” award ceremony

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts

Masha did not waste time during her last months of disqualification. So, at the end of February 2017, she attended the Oscar-2017 ceremony. The star appeared at the ceremony in a chic blue dress with metal elements and called attention from photographers. Later in Instagram, she will write that the evening was really special.

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & Facts — Charity work

The Maria Sharapova Foundation is committed to helping children around the world achieve their dreams. Sharapova has donated $100,000 to Chernobyl-related projects. In partnership with the UNDP, she launched a $210,000 scholarship program for students from Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus that will award five-year scholarships to 12 students at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the Belarusian State University.

At the 2004 US Open, Sharapova, along with several other Russian female tennis players, wore a black ribbon in observance of the tragedy after the Beslan school hostage crisis, which took place only days before.

In 2005, she donated around US$50,000 to those affected by the crisis. On February 14, 2007, Sharapova was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and donated US$210,000 to UNDP Chernobyl-recovery projects. She stated at the time that she was planning to travel back to the area after Wimbledon in 2008, though it didn’t happen since she had to travel back to the US because of her shoulder injury.

She fulfilled the trip in late June/early July 2010. Sharapova has helped to promote the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and was the first torch bearer in the torch-lighting ceremony during the opening festivities.

In addition, with Angela Haynes, Maria Kirilenko, Nicole Vaidišová, Rennae Stubbs, Governor Jeb Bush, and Jennifer Capriati, Sharapova participated in an exhibition in Tampa in December 2004, raising money for the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.

In July 2008, Sharapova sent a message on DVD to the memorial service of cancer victim Emily Bailes, who had performed the coin toss ahead of the 2004 Wimbledon final that Sharapova had gone on to win

Maria Sharapova Social Media Profile

Maria Sharapova Childhood Biography, Family, Fame & FactsMaria Sharapova is active over the social media. He has a huge number of followers on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter as well as Instagram. He has more than 8.74M followers on Twitter.

 

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