Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. Her 25-year life with many nimbus and ups and downs is sure to inspire all of us. Let’s have a look at the following article showing Maria Sharapova's life in pictures.
Born in Serbia on April 26, 1987 approximately one year after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown happened and forever changed the landscape of Eastern Europe, Maria Sharapova - the Russian professional tennis player and the former World No. 1, along with her family moved to the town of Gomel, Belarus until fallout from the disaster affected the town forcing them to move to Sochi.
Before becoming worldwide famous as a Russian professional tennis player and a gorgeous model to hold trophies and feature in fashion magazines, Maria lived in post-Chernobyl Belarus
Maria received her first racket in life from Yevegeny's father who was the first Russian tennis player to be named number one in the world in 1991 and she and her family immediately made the decision train under tennis trainer extraordinaire Nick Bollettieri in Florida.
At the age of 4, Maria possessed her first racket and immediately showed that she may have a bright future with tennis
In spite of poverty and no English word, a nine-year-old Maria got a huge break when IMG signed her to a deal that would pay off the costs for tuition at the academy in 1995
In 2000, Sharapova started turning an important point with her victory at the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships in the girls 16-year-old division at the age of 13
In 2001, Maria turned professional and played her first WTA tournament in 2002 at the Pacific Life Open, competed in the junior finals of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon
The term "Maria Mania" was originated in 2004, also the banner year of Sharapova. She entered the top 20 WTA rankings. At the same year, 17-year-old Maria Sharapova defeated Ai Sugiyama and former champion Lindsay Davenport. More impressively, she defeated the reigning champion Williams in straight sets
Sharapova's talent and good looks helped her become one amongst the world's most famous and marketable athletes after her win at Wimbledon. Maria appeared in Sports Illustrated, People, and Maxim and got big endorsement deals from Canon, Gatorade, Tropicana, and Nike
Maria is also known as a successful model in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2006, several photo shoots for Canon, and some Cole Haan spots among other gigs
Maria Sharapova made some semifinals appearance at the Australian Open and received victories at the Toray Pan Pacific Open and the Qatar Total Open. Sharapova reached near the best tennis players of the world rankings after making a semifinals appearance at Wimbledon
Sharapova was the number one seed in the Australian Open in 2007, and gained over all number ones by reaching that tournament's final. She held on to the top until she lost in the fourth round at the Pacific Life Open after dealing with a hamstring injury. Not long after, a shoulder injury kept her out of the French Open
After resurgence in 2008, she won the Australian Open and soon found herself again with a torn rotator cuff. She had surgery and missed several year-end tournaments
Maria returned just before the 2009 French Open and reached the quarterfinals. After that, she was defeated early in Wimbledon and the US Open, she won a tournament at the end of the year which placed her world ranking to a more respectable 14th place. She re-entered the world's top ten in 2011 which makes people believe that she is back for good. She has yet to lose a set and appears poised to defeat Petra Kvitova in the finals.
Sharapova is re-finding her winning ways from the season 2009
From her childhood, the female tennis star started collecting stamps with a huge collection. Moreover, she also collects fashion, hip-hop dancing. She is a well-wisher of the Sherlock Holmes and Pippi Longstocking series. Sharapova and Sasha Vujačić NBA player have recently become engaged after two years of dating. Moreover, as a celebrity, Sharapova has given large amounts of money to charitable organizations and her biggest donation has been $210,000 she gave Chernobyl recovery projects.
Maria Sharapova is also an avid stamp collector