Maria Sharapova (biography)
Birthday: 19/04/1987 Year
Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 59 kg
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Lives: Bradenton, Florida,
Sharapova Maria Y.
“Screaming Cinderella” – the nickname Mary due to loud behavior on the court and pleasant external data ingrained specialists and fans. On comparison with Anna Kournikova does not pay attention, though, and says that it starts a bit annoying.
She was born on April 19, 1987 in a small Siberian town of Nyagan, where her parents moved from Gomel, fleeing from the Chernobyl disaster. Started playing tennis at four years, by the time her family has lived in Sochi. It is curious that Masha’s father was friends with his father Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and that Eugene gave her first racket. In six years, Sharapova had a chance to play with Martina Navratilova when she gave a demonstration lesson of tennis in Moscow. Navratilova, making out talent still quite young tennis player, it is strongly advised his father to give Masha a tennis academy of Nick Bollettieri. Wise Mary’s father, who is always making every effort to develop tennis talent and daughter, by the way, now travels with her on most tournaments, heed the advice of the great tennis player and soon moved to America with Masha.
Adult tournaments held under the auspices of the International Tennis Federation, Maria made her debut in 2001 – Sarasota, where, however, lost in the first round. But after a year in Columbus, not even being in the WTA rankings, won at the start of an opponent, then part number of the top 300 in the world.
In the season of 2002 on account of its three titles were won at tournaments ITF, – Japanese Gunma, Vancouver, Canada and the US Peachtree City. And in 2003, Maria Sharapova became regularly to try their hand at major competitions. In January qualify for Australian Open, in February stood at the WTA computer is already on the 153 th place in May won another ITF tournament in Sea Island (USA) – and again, this time at Roland Garros, made its way through the qualification championship “Grand Slam “.
Then began a series of tournaments on grass – covered, where Sharapova turns out really nice. And in Birmingham Mary “shot” really – beat of three “seeded” – Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy (5), Swiss Marie-Gayane Mikaelian (11) and Elena Dementieva (1), and then in the semifinals on a tiebreaker in the third set ceded Japanese woman Shinobu Asagi. And then, having received a personal invitation from the organizers, Maria successfully performed at Wimbledon, becoming one of the sixteen best. In the second half of 2003 to Masha came the first serious success, she was able to win two tournaments WTA – Tokyo and Quebec City. And to finish the year 32 th in the ranking of WTA.
Since Mary career is on the rise. In early 2004, Maria broke into the top 20 best tennis players in the world. Reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. This was followed by unbeaten on grass. First, Maria won the tournament in Birmingham in singles and doubles, and three weeks later translate into reality his dream. July 3, 2004 Maria won Wimbledon, defeating two-time winner in the final of this tournament, Serena Williams! This victory allowed Masha become the 8th player in the world. And we are sure this is not the limit.
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