Maria Sharapova, in full Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, (conceived April 19, 1987, Nyagan, Russia), Russian tennis player who was one of the game's driving contenders in the mid 21st century, the champ of five Grand Slam titles.
Sharapova started playing tennis as a youthful tyke, and in 1993 she grabbed the eye of Czech-brought into the world American tennis star Martina Navratilova. Following a proposal by Navratilova, Sharapova and her father moved (1994) to Florida, where she immediately earned a grant to a tennis institute. In 2001, at 14 years old, she turned professional. At the time, ladies' tennis was moving to a power game, which fit Sharapova's commanding style of play and her size; she inevitably achieved a stature of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters). In 2003 she contended in each Grand Slam occasion, with her best get done with coming at Wimbledon, where she achieved the fourth round. That year she won her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) titles, at Tokyo and Quebec City. In 2004 she crushed Serena Williams in the last at Wimbledon to win her first Grand Slam. The next year Sharapova was positioned number one without precedent for her vocation, achieving the elimination rounds at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. In 2006 she won the last occasion, and in 2008 she guaranteed her third Grand Slam, at the Australian Open.
Soon thereafter, nonetheless, Sharapova was determined to have a torn rotator sleeve, damage that in the long run required medical procedure. She came back to the court in mid-2009, and throughout the following two seasons she guaranteed a few WTA titles, however a Grand Slam title evaded her; Sharapova's best outcome happened in 2011, when she lost the Wimbledon finals. She came back to shape in 2012, in any case, winning the French Open to turn out to be only the seventh female player in the Open time to finish a lifelong Grand Slam. That year she likewise caught a silver decoration at the London Olympic Games. After a strong begin in 2013—featured by an appearance in the French Open last, which she lost to Williams—shoulder damage constrained Sharapova to miss the most recent a half year of the period. She came back to aggressive play in 2014, and soon thereafter she won the French Open, her fifth Grand Slam.
In March 2016 Sharapova uncovered that she had taken meldonium (promoted as Mildronate)— a heart drug that had as of late been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's rundown of restricted substances—during the Australian Open prior in the year. A quarter of a year later she was suspended from tennis for a long time by the International Tennis Federation for her meldonium-incited disappointment of a medication test. (Her suspension was diminished to 15 months upon bid.) Sharapova came back to the WTA visit in April 2017. Soon thereafter she distributed the diary Unstoppable: My Life So Far (composed with Rich Cohen).