Maria Sharapova Biography (1987- )

maria-sharapova, born in Nyagan, Siberia, Russia. She began playing tennis as a young child, and at age nine was taken by her father to Florida, USA, where she enrolled at a tennis academy. She turned professional at 14, claimed her first WTA victory at the 2003 AIG Japan Open, and also that year reached the fourth round at Wimbledon on her first attempt. Success came in 2004 when she won the singles title there, becoming Russia’s first woman Wimbledon champion. At the end of 2004 she added the WTA Championship title to her achievements. She was ranked number 4 at the start of 2006 and that year won the US Open.

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