Russian rugby star that has won each one of the grand slam tournaments like the French Open up in both 2012 and 2014. She journeyed to america to keep her teaching with simply her father, as visa limitations made it therefore her mom couldn’t arrive over until 2 yrs later on. She’s been rated as #1 in the globe, from the Women’s Rugby Association five occasions. She’s the child of Uri and Yelena Sharapova. She defeated Serena Williams: 6-1, 6-4, in the 2004 Wilbledom last.
Awards Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award, Teen Choice Award for Choice Female Athlete
Nominations Best Female Athlete ESPY Award, Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year, Best Comeback Athlete ESPY Award, Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award, Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year
Star Sign Aries
October 2009, won the "Pan Pacific Open" in Tokyo.
Wears a size 10 shoe.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $23 million.
Ranked #17 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Named #8 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
She defeated world #1 Amélie Mauresmo (6-0, 4-6, 6-0) in the semifinals and world #2 Justine Henin 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the 2006 US Open to win the title and $1.7 million in prize money.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2005.
Very close friends with fellow tennis player Maria Kirilenko.
Named #19 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
On the Forbes 2006 Richest Young Celebrities List, it is reported she earned $18.2 million in 2005. She was the highest-paid female athlete of the year.
Became number 1 in the world in August 2005 & is the first Russian player to become the best player in the world
According to the LA Times and Orange County Register, Maria said at a press conference she has grown a few cm this year and is now 6' 2". She's been having back pains and has had to pull out of some tournaments due to the pain which she thinks is from a growth spurt.
Her loudest grunt was measured at 101.2 decibels (louder than a motorcycle or a lawnmower) on 21 June 2005 at Wimbledon Centre Court. Previously the loudest grunt was by Monica Seles at 93.2 decibels.
She won the 2004 WTA Championships, defeating Serena Williams 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the final to pocket one million dollars and win a new Porsche Cayenne to donate to a charity of her choice.
She was (and still is) so ambidextrous that she almost became a left-handed tennis player.
Born in Siberia, Russia, and raised in the United States since age seven. Father Yuri brought her to the U.S. in 1994, but mother Yelena didn't join them until two years later due to visa problems.