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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

1282 comments

  • Paul T.
    2 days

    I absolutely love ❤️ you for who you are and I wish that we could get together for good soon

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    2 days

    Sashan vujajic x girl friend

  • Bob B.
    3 days

    That's why iloveyou

  • Arles U.
    4 days

    My favorite I love her she is one of the best players of tennis 🎾 of the world nice

  • Nasos A.
    5 days

    The best

  • Nasos A.
    5 days

    Thanks maria

  • Muhammad A.
    5 days

    Thanks for your kind donation to the sack of huminity.

  • Enrico A.
    5 days

    Happy...Happy...Happy Birthday...!!! in advance to you my Dear.. stay safe, God Bless you....

  • Alberto L.
    5 days

    Te admiro hace años.

  • Sheri K.
    5 days

    Beautiful queen

  • Pqeño C.
    5 days

    feliz día mari

  • Pqeño C.
    5 days

    buen dia

  • Hilario P.
    7 days

    🎾

  • Bedge B.
    04/05/2021 11:07

    beautiful.....

  • Grace C.
    04/05/2021 02:27

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    04/03/2021 04:13

    Idol

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    04/03/2021 02:55

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    04/02/2021 19:12

    Magic

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    04/02/2021 03:28

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  • Wagner S.
    04/01/2021 13:25

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