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The life of Maria Sharapova

"Tennis — I'm saying goodbye." 32 years and five Grand Slams later, Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement. This is the story of her career and achievements.

Who is Maria Sharapova?

Rise to fame as a tennis teenager

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987 to Yuri and Yelena Sharapova in Siberia, Russia. Her mother was pregnant with her when the couple fled Belarus to escape the fallout from the Chernobyl explosion. At age six, Sharapova was spotted and recruited by tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Persuaded by the pro, Sharapova and her father emigrated to Florida in 1994 with only $700 in their pockets. After receiving a full-time scholarship to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, she played in her first professional tennis tournament at age 14 in 2001. At 15, she became the youngest person ever to reach the finals of the Australian Open Junior Championships.

“I just want to grow as a tennis player, I want to get better. I don't look at pinnacles or results as a resolution. I don't think many of us keep our resolutions anyway so it's probably not a good way to look at things. I have so much experience behind my back and I kind of know what works and what doesn't and I still have the mentality and goals ahead of myself…I just want to grow as a tennis player, I want to get better,” Sharapova shares in archived interviews.

Off the court

While Sharapova is most well-known for her tennis accolades including the third-youngest woman to win the Wimbledon singles title, world no. 1 at 18, 5 grand slam tournaments wins, a second Wimbledon title, and an incredibly loud grunt, she leads an incredible life off of the court as well. As a Harvard Business School student, she developed her candy line, Sugarpova. She also became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and donated $100,000 to help victims of the Chernobyl disaster. This month, she retired from tennis at age 32 and looks forward to what is ahead.

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02/27/2020 11:41 PMupdated: 03/03/2020 5:40 PM

1153 comments

  • Dolores J.
    10/19/2020 10:01

    She was my fave female tennis player

  • Ayisha H.
    10/18/2020 14:51

    😔

  • Jerome A.
    10/15/2020 07:53

    Idol!

  • Bamba D.
    10/14/2020 14:26

    Thank you😘😘😘

  • Earn B.
    10/08/2020 01:29

    Still my idol#MariaSharapova😍😍😍

  • Richard T.
    10/05/2020 01:56

    My most favorite player since Chris Everett

  • Adex S.
    10/04/2020 19:36

    Like

  • Jimmy J.
    10/04/2020 14:19

    Awesome

  • Teo C.
    10/03/2020 16:43

    Still shoulder injury, no need to go for operation. Consult Master Chris Leong CLM at Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Tanveer S.
    10/03/2020 01:30

    I love maria Sherapova

  • Anne E.
    10/02/2020 00:15

    A combination of BEAUTY & BRAIN! She's very talented at the young age and full of hope.💞

  • Cliff H.
    10/01/2020 16:59

    Maria;even though U bid adieu to tennis;U will always be my favourite & I'll always miss U.

  • Tomas D.
    10/01/2020 10:38

    Take care of yourself idol Maria Sharapova you're the great tennis player

  • Abdullah H.
    10/01/2020 07:43

    K0m

  • Luis G.
    09/30/2020 17:11

    Una de las mas bellas del mundo

  • As A.
    09/30/2020 08:03

    Radha.

  • Victor K.
    09/29/2020 21:09

    Maria is the most completely talented Russian player of all time in all sports

  • Jack M.
    09/29/2020 17:19

    Will miss her & thank her for the years of tennis joy & entertainment , following the medias Maria's happenings. I has been a pleasure , Jack xxx - an Ancient Englander

  • Robert D.
    09/29/2020 16:09

    Yes Ex Top Star..No1 👍💯 Ex..no more...

  • Rick B.
    09/29/2020 14:32

    Great person- great story!👍🌅

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