Maria Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова), a Russian professional tennis player, became rising shinning star after the retirement of Anna Kournikova. Currently she is ranked number one in the world. As of the end of 2006, she was the world’s highest-paid female athlete.

Six feet tall, muscular and blonde, Sharapova turned pro in 2001 at the young age of 14. The tennis prodigy and her father had moved from Russia to Florida when she was nine so that Sharapova could study at the tennis academy of Nick Bollettieri. Sharapova steadily worked her way up through the pro ranks, claiming her first WTA victory at the 2003 AIG Japan Open.


Nickname Masha
Country Flag of Russia Russia
Residence Bradenton, Florida, USA
Date of birth April 19, 1987 (age 19)
Place of birth Nyagan, Siberia, Russia (Soviet Union at birth)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight 130 lbs. 59kg
Turned Pro 2001
Plays Right; Two-handed backhand