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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

1317 comments

  • Carlito H.
    3 days

    Beautiful woman

  • Hades H.
    3 days

    the cheater won

  • Anthony A.
    4 days

    She’s a class act

  • Dave B.
    10/08/2021 11:08

    So beautiful

  • Rommel G.
    10/07/2021 02:11

    i love you idol!!!!

  • Muhammad I.
    10/07/2021 01:40

    I love you Maria

  • Mary E.
    10/06/2021 16:38

    How can I get in touch with her as I want to have her see my late brothers Tennis collection which I will have poster in eBay but for now it is still in my family home

  • Deneb P.
    10/06/2021 00:08

    My ultimate crush 😲 😘🥰💋

  • Romolu L.
    10/05/2021 09:19

    Congrats madam idol Maria sharapova

  • Chukwudi O.
    10/04/2021 15:25

    I love u so much

  • David O.
    10/03/2021 00:44

    Preciosa y candente...

  • Alvin C.
    10/02/2021 21:41

    My favorite lawn tennis player will surely miss.

  • Kendrick L.
    10/02/2021 04:15

    Your still my best player in tinnes

  • Allan H.
    10/01/2021 14:58

    Luv u mariah sharapova...

  • Daniel V.
    09/30/2021 11:12

    A it's nice great day guys

  • Man P.
    09/29/2021 10:48

    And now shes a billionaire.amazaing sportswoman

  • Ato B.
    09/29/2021 04:17

    Nice woman

  • Nallim B.
    09/28/2021 14:26

    God bless you always stay safe and healthy ❤️🙏🥳

  • Antonio G.
    09/24/2021 23:47

    Siempre serás una grande.

  • Kalel S.
    09/19/2021 20:14

    So you been cheating for 10 yrs. taking the substance to have advantage over your competiors only WADA figured that out late...

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