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Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova Mutua Madrid Open 2015
Sharapova in Madrid in 2015

Nationality

Flag of Russia.svg Russia

Born

19 April 1987

Highest ranking

No. 1 (22 August 2005)

Medals won

Silver (London 2012 - Singles)

Maria Sharapova (born April 19, 1987) is a Russian tennis player. To date, Sharapova won five Grand Slams (one Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open and Two French Opens).

She also won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics in Women's Singles. Her career high singles ranking was number one on August 22, 2005, at only 18 years of age. During that time she would have been one of the WTA Rising Stars.

In 2016, she announced that she had a drug from the year's Australian Open. This led her to a suspension from the sport. After the announcement, Sharapova refused to play at the Madrid Open, defend her Italian Open title and play at the French Open. She also dropped out of the top 20 as a result and lost her top Russian spot to Svetlana Kuznetsova; who was seeking her best season since 2011.

On June 8, 2016, the ITF (International Tennis Federation) announced that Sharapova will be suspended from playing tennis until 25 January 2018; but the WTA reduced her ban until 2017 so then she can play Roland Garros that year. Sharapova was also banned from playing every Celebrity Family Feud tournament until 2018; but with the reduction it was until 2017. She will return at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix where she got a wildcard, and will face Roberta Vinci in her first comeback match.

Career

2004: Shock Wimbledon Win

Her first Grand Slam seeding came at the 2004 Australian Open when she was seeded 29th at only age 16, and one of the youngest seedings in tennis history. At Wimbledon, Sharapova, ranked 13th and only 17 years of age, shocked a lot of tennis fans when she upset Serena Williams in the Final in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

Trivia

  • Sharapova's career almost ended in 2008 after a shoulder surgery that missed her more than 6 months of playing time.
  • In 2015, a leg injury prevented her from playing the summer hardcourt season that included the 2015 US Open, in which she was trying to defend her fourth round points.

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