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.


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


  • Celestin C.
    7 days

    So beauriful My friend ilove You

  • Sunil A.
    07/16/2021 11:52


  • Jason W.
    07/13/2021 04:00

    Ohh Maria those grunts are a trademark.....such a promising teenager, but sad she couldn't play on to atleast 35. She had a few more years in her and could have won more titles than only 5 majors. One of my favorites

  • Mirza A.
    07/11/2021 08:49

    And you call her Russian

  • Siprianus L.
    07/07/2021 22:13

    Wonderful women.

  • Aliff M.
    07/07/2021 16:56

    shamsul sharapova

  • Kenny B.
    07/04/2021 22:56


  • Alelo L.
    07/03/2021 12:41

    Wow... that's my favorite player.

  • Alexander O.
    07/03/2021 07:19


  • Premkumar G.
    07/02/2021 03:38

    Won when she wash ondrugs

  • Geoffrey T.
    06/28/2021 17:17

    2x banned for doping, currently retired

  • Wo W.
    06/27/2021 09:52

  • Wayward S.
    06/26/2021 14:25

    Cheap cheat and a liar carried the flag for the Russian Olympic team while they carried on the most advanced illegal performance enhancing drug program in the history of the Olympics. Let's just call her Dopapova

  • Dabojit G.
    06/25/2021 18:29


  • Feki M.
    06/24/2021 18:46

    A curse with a pretty good achievement tennis player will bring a better one in the future no matter boy or girl.

  • ADam C.
    06/23/2021 15:35

    She are the one who make me love on tennis

  • Baur Y.
    06/22/2021 02:46

    Теннис без Марии скучен

  • Beau M.
    06/20/2021 22:50


  • Fernando D.
    06/20/2021 09:48

    She moved to the USA at 7 years old. That's why she doesn't have a Russian accent. I have a niece who moved with her parents from Mexico to the USA at 8 yo and she too doesn't have an accent. A foreign accent only develops if the person learns a foreign language after 12 yo. At that stage, the older you learn a foreign language, the deeper the accent.

  • Ihab D.
    06/19/2021 22:33

    يا عمري ♥️