Maria Sharapova is a former Russian Tennis player. Maria Sharapova is also the first Russian to win a career Grand Slam at the 2012 French open after she defeated Sara Errani. Similarly, the former tennis player has garnered a huge fan following over the years and has become a social media Icon.
Table of Biography
Maria Sharapova, the full name Maria Yuryevna Sharapova was born in the year 1987 and celebrates her birthday on April 19th every year. She was born in Nyagan, Russia. Similarly, the popular tennis player is 34 years old as of now. She belongs to Russian nationality and is currently residing in the States. Likewise, she was born under the star sign Aries.
Moving on to her family, she was born to Yuri Sharapova and Yelena Sharapova. They left their hometown shortly after she was born concerned by the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl Incident. Likewise, she is the only child of her parents. She picked up an interest in tennis and got her first racquet at the age of four.
Maria had already begun playing tennis as a young child. After she moved to Florida with her parents, she earned a scholarship to a tennis academy. Similarly, after training under the academy she had already become one of the most talented and skilled players at the academy. She began her professional career at the age of 14 in the year 2001.
In the year 2003, she made her debut in the Australian and French Open but failed to win any titles in either of the tournaments. Likewise, in the year 2004, she made her way into the finals of the Grand Slam series by defeating Lindsay Davenport. She faced Serena Williams in the final and scored a victory against her. Moreover, she became the third-youngest woman to win the Wimbledon title.
After a few mediocre matches against former champions like Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, and many more, she participated in the US Open held in the year 2006. She defeated Elena Dementieva in the final and secured her first-ever US Open win. Following her successful win an impressive matches, she suffered a shoulder injury in the year 2007. In the year 2008 during the Australian Open, maria gained the title of world’s number 1 after Henin announced retirement from tennis.
In the years 2012 and 2013, she suffered from major shoulder injuries and had taken a break from competing in competitive matches. Similarly, she made a comeback in the year 2014 by defeating Simina Hale[p in three sets and won her second French Open. She went on to give impressive performances in the 2015 season too. However, in the year 2016, she was accused of doping and face a 16-month suspension.
Furthermore, in the year 2019, she defeated Timea Bacsinszky which was also the 800Th match of her career. After facing multiple injuries and becoming unable to participate in any titles she announced her retirement on 26th February 2020.
Awards and Net Worth
The former Russian tennis player has bagged a handful of awards from her tennis career. She was the first and youngest Russian player to achieve many things. Similarly, she has certainly earned a decent sum of wealth throughout her career. She enjoys a net worth of 195 million USD.
Likewise, Some of the awards she has received are mentioned as; 2003-Russian Cup Newcomer of the year, Women’s Tennis Association Newcomer of the year, 2002- WTA player of the year, WTA Most Improved Player of the year, 2005- ESPY Best Female Tennis Player, Russian Cup Female Tennis Player of the year, 2007- ESPY Best Female Tennis player, ESPY Best International Female Athlete, 2010- WTA Fan Favourite singles player, WTA Humanitarian of the year, WTA Most Fashionableplayer (on and off-court), 2016- Order of Merit to the Fatherland.
While Maria tends to keep her profile clean, she has once been accused of doping. During a drug test at the Australian Open, she tested positive for Meldonium. Meldonium is an Anti-ischemic drug that is usually prescribed for heart conditions. Moreover, Sharapova had been taking the medicine to treat Magnesium deficiency. Following her doping case, she was suspended for 16 months and was banned from participating in any matches for almost two years.
The beautiful Russian tennis player has quite a bit of dating history. She is currently in a relationship with Alexander Gilkes. Alexander happens to be Prince Harry’s friend. Previously, she dated Adam Levine who is an American singer and musician. They broke up in the year 2005. Likewise, she then dated Andy Roddick for almost 2 years. However, things soon went sour and the couple broke up in 2006.
She met Sasha Vujacic who was a basketball player. Having Russian origins both athletes had an amazing bonding and were engaged in 2010. However, after a few rough months of relationships, she called off the engagement via a Tweet. Following that, she dated Grigor Dimitrov in the year 2013. She soon broke up with him after just 2 years of dating.
Body measurements and Social media
Maria Sharapova is one of the tall female tennis players. She is a Gym freak and works out often to keep her body in shape. As for her height, she stands tall at 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 68 kg. Likewise, her body measurements(chest-waist-hips) are 36-26-36 inches respectively. She has blonde hair with a pair of beautiful green eyes.
Maria Sharapova has garnered a huge fan following on social media too. She is active on Instagram and Twitter. Likewise, the Russian tennis player has 4.1 followers on Instagram and a staggering 8.5 million followers on Twitter.