Date of Birth: April 19, 1987
Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia (Siberian Region)
Current Residence: Bradenton, Florida, USA Nationality: Russian
Height: 6'2 ft
Weight: 130 lbs. (59 kg)
She was born on April 19, 1987 in Nyagan, a town in the Siberian region of Russia. In 1989, she moved with the family to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi. When she was 4 years old, a chance encounter changed her life, the father of tennis champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and the man gave her a racket. Since then, she started hitting tennis balls. The game became a passion for her.
With a deadly backhand, Maria Sharapova was the youngest titlist on the WTA Tour in 2003 with two championships under her belt. Although she has since curbed her enthusiasm somewhat, she was called to be the "Siberian Siren" because of her extremely loud grunting whenever she hit the ball.
Siberian Siren - Maria Sharapovablonde , leggy, and beautiful. If those are the only adjectives you use to describe Maria Sharapova, then you're selling the tennis world's newest star short. She also admired of modeling due to that she compared favorably to Anna Kournikova on the modeling runway, Maria is most dazzling when she steps on the tennis court.
Sharapova went 32-4 through the year. She started out well, winning the first 18 matches she played this season. She played great at the Australian Open winning her 3rd Grand Slam. It certainly looked like it would be Sharapova’s year.
Unfortunately, in March she strained her shoulder playing at Indian Wells. Then in the French Open she struggled, losing in the fourth round. At Wimbledon she was defeated in the 2nd round.
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Maria Sharapova returns to Wimbledon in June desperate to prove she's still an A-list attraction on the tennis court, as well as off it, and convinced her protracted injury horrors are in the past.
The undisputed poster girl of the women's game, whose recent career has been plagued by shoulder and elbow problems, went out of the French Open to four-time Roland Garros champion Justine Henin on Sunday.
"My feelings are that in the last few weeks I've been going out on the court and I've been enjoying playing," said Sharapova.
"This part of the season is one of my favourites, going into the grass. I'll be preparing myself as best as I can, having a training week leading up to my next tournament and then Wimbledon.
"But as long as I'm healthy on the court and I'm working my way towards what I want to improve, which I feel like I've done maybe in the last three weeks since my elbow is feeling better, then I've got a real good shot."
It was at the All England Club in 2004 that the 17-year-old Sharapova enjoyed her breakthrough, announcing herself as a genuine force in the game and sparking a lightning rise into stratospheric earning potential.
But nine months off the tour in 2008 and 2009 with a shoulder injury sent her world ranking plummeting out of the top 100, prompting fears that the party was over.
A shock second-round loss to Giselo Dulko at Wimbledon last summer only served to fuel the doubts.
Despite having battled elbow worries this season, Sharapova still came into Paris buoyed by having captured the Stuttgart claycourt title.
"There's a lot of work to do. But this was a good week. It was a long but a solid week," she said.
"I know the things that hurt me a little bit today. I just really want to go out on that court and just work on them a little bit more, because I know that they will help me a little bit more in the future."
Sharapova, who has won Wimbledon, the Australian Open and US Open but has never got beyond the semi-finals in Paris, had her chances on Sunday against Henin.
She was 2-0 ahead in the deciding set and had four break points for a 3-0 lead before the gutsy Belgian battled back to take her place in the last 16.
Sharapova believes the elements helped conspire against her.
The match had been suspended overnight at a set apiece while cold, damp and blustery conditions greeted the pair on their return to Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday.
"I've been serving much better and my arm has been feeling good. I don't think the conditions really favoured that drive through the ball and the serve as much as it would have been on a warmer day, where it would have gone through the court a bit more," she explained.