In March , Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open. Concerned about the regional effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident , they left their homeland shortly before Maria was born. She hit her first tennis ball when she was 4 years old.
Aleksandr gave Sharapova her first tennis racquet in when she was four, whereupon she began practicing regularly with her father at a local park. She then was offered a deal from IMG which forced her to change academies. She was the youngest girl ever to reach the final of the Australian Open junior championship at 14 years and 9 months.
Sharapova reached No. In all, she won three junior singles tournaments and was runner-up at five, including two junior Grand Slam events.
Her win-loss record in junior competition was 47—9. From , Sharapova played a full season and made a rapid climb into the top 50 by the end of the year. By the end of September, Sharapova had already captured her first WTA title at a smaller event, the Japan Open Tennis Championships , before winning her second in her final tournament of the season, the Bell Challenge. Sharapova was defeated in the third round of the Australian Open by sixth seed Anastasia Myskina.
At the latter event, she defeated a player ranked in the top 10 for the first time with a straight-sets win over world No. Seeded 13th and aged 17 at Wimbledon, she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by defeating Ai Sugiyama. There, she defeated fifth seed and former champion Lindsay Davenport. In the final, Sharapova upset top seed and defending champion Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam singles title, and become the third-youngest woman to win the Wimbledon title, behind only Lottie Dod and Martina Hingis.
Following her Wimbledon win, attention and interest in Sharapova in the media greatly increased, a rise in popularity dubbed "Maria Mania.
There, she won two of her three round-robin matches including a win over US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in order to advance to the semifinals, where she defeated Myskina.
In the final, she defeated an injured Serena Williams, after trailing 4—0 in the final set. Sharapova started the year at the Australian Open , where she defeated fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the second Grand Slam semifinal of her career. Sharapova held match points in the second and third set of her semifinal match, before losing to eventual champion Serena Williams.
In February, Sharapova won back-to-back tournaments, the Toray Pan Pacific Open and the Qatar Total Open , allowing her to reach number 3 in the world rankings for the first time.
In the semifinals of the Tier I Pacific Life Open , Sharapova was defeated by Lindsay Davenport , the first time she had failed to win a game in a match. Sharapova made the semifinals of a clay-court tournament for the first time at the Italian Open , where she lost to Patty Schnyder. Sharapova would have become world No. However, she was then beaten by eventual champion Venus Williams. Sharapova had far fewer points to defend, and so she became the first Russian woman to hold the world No.
As the top seed at the US Open , Sharapova lost in the semifinals to Kim Clijsters ,  meaning she had lost to the eventual champion in every Grand Slam of the season. However, she once again leapfrogged Davenport to take the world No. She retained it for six weeks, but after playing few tournaments while injured, she again relinquished the ranking to Davenport.
Sharapova started by losing in the semifinals of the Australian Open in three sets to Henin,  also losing a rematch several weeks later at the Dubai Tennis Championships , having defeated former world No. Sharapova claimed her first title in nine months at the Tier I tournament in Indian Wells, defeating Hingis in the semifinals and Elena Dementieva in the final.
Sharapova returned for the French Open. There, after saving match points in defeating Mashona Washington in the first round, she was eliminated by Dinara Safina in the fourth round.
Sharapova claimed her second title of the year at the Tier I Acura Classic , defeating Clijsters for the first time in the final. By winning all three of her round-robin matches at the WTA Tour Championships , she extended her win streak to 19 matches, before it was snapped in the semifinals by eventual champion Henin. As it was, she finished ranked world No. After being two points away from defeat in the first round against Camille Pin , she went on to reach the final of the tournament for the first time, but was routed there by Serena Williams who was ranked world No.
After reaching the final, Sharapova recaptured the world No. She reached the semifinals of the French Open for the first time in her career, before losing to Ana Ivanovic. Sharapova clinched the US Open Series by defending her title at the Acura Classic , her only championship of the year, and reaching the semifinals in Los Angeles.
She qualified for the eight-woman year-end Sony Ericsson Championships because of a withdrawal by Venus Williams before the start of the tournament. She then defeated Anna Chakvetadze in the semifinals. Sharapova reached the top 5 again to end the year. Sharapova was seeded fifth at the Australian Open , but was not considered a favorite. Nevertheless, she defeated former world No.
After the Australian Open, Sharapova extended her winning streak to 18 matches. Her winning streak was ended in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open by Kuznetsova. In May, Sharapova regained the world No. This was her earliest loss at Wimbledon, and at any Grand Slam in almost five years. Sharapova withdrew from the Rogers Cup tournament in August following a shoulder injury. In October, after a failed attempt to rehabilitate the shoulder, Sharapova had surgery to repair the tear.
Sharapova did not attempt to defend her Australian Open title, as she continued to recover from surgery. After this, Sharapova withdrew from further singles tournaments, resulting in her standing in the world rankings being severely affected. She dropped out of the top for the first time in six years in May, the nadir being world No. Playing her first singles tournament in nearly ten months, Sharapova made the quarterfinals of the clay-court Warsaw Open in May, losing to finalist Alona Bondarenko.
During the summer grass-court season, Sharapova played in Birmingham , losing in the semifinals to Li Na. She was upset in the second round by Gisela Dulko in three sets. At the US Open , Sharapova was seeded 29th.
She found her way into the third round, defeating Tsvetana Pironkova and Christina McHale all in straight sets. She was stunned in the third round by American teenager Melanie Oudin. After playing two exhibition tournaments in Asia, Sharapova officially began her season at the Australian Open , where she was upset in her first-round match against Maria Kirilenko.
The loss meant that for the first time since , Sharapova had lost her opening match at a Grand Slam event. She continued her French Open preparation at the Internationaux de Strasbourg as a wildcard, advancing to the final, where she beat Kristina Barrois. This was her first title on red clay and 22nd overall title. Sharapova began her preparations for Wimbledon at the Aegon Classic. She advanced to the final for the fourth time, where she lost to Li Na.
As the 16th seed at Wimbledon , Sharapova lost in the fourth round to world No. At the U. Open , Sharapova was the 14th seed. She made it to the fourth round, where she played top seed and finalist Caroline Wozniacki and lost. Sharapova participated in the first Grand Slam of the season at the Australian Open , where she was the 14th seed, but lost to Andrea Petkovic in the fourth round.
She defeated former world No. In the final, she was defeated by Victoria Azarenka , despite a late comeback in the second set. She defeated top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals and sixth seed Samantha Stosur in the final to take home the title, marking her biggest clay-court victory to date.
She defeated French wildcard Caroline Garcia in the second round, despite trailing 3—6, 1—4, before winning the last 11 games of the match. In the quarterfinals, she defeated 15th seed Andrea Petkovic , marking her first Grand Slam semifinal since her comeback from the career-threatening shoulder injury.
She then lost to sixth seed and eventual champion Li Na , in the semifinals, ending her clay season with a win-loss record of 12—2. Sharapova started her summer hard-court season at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California. In a highly anticipated match, Sharapova lost to the eventual champion Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. As the fourth seed, she received a bye into the second round. On the way to her fourth final of the year, she beat Anastasia Rodionova ,  14th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova ,  tenth seed Samantha Stosur,  and 2nd seed Vera Zvonareva.
Sharapova entered the US Open , where she was seeded third. She beat Heather Watson , and Anastasiya Yakimova , to reach the third round. She was then upset by Flavia Pennetta. This also forced her to withdraw from the China Open the following week. Sharapova then flew to Istanbul to prepare for the WTA Tour Championships , her first time qualifying since Sharapova withdrew from the Brisbane International because of her ongoing ankle injury.
She lost to Victoria Azarenka in two sets. As a result, her ranking improved to world No. She then played in the Paris , where she lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Angelique Kerber. At the Indian Wells , after battling for over three hours, Sharapova defeated compatriot Maria Kirilenko to set up a semifinal meeting with Ana Ivanovic.
Sharapova advanced to the final after Ivanovic retired due to a hip injury. This was her third loss of the year in finals out of four tournaments played so far. She won her first title of the year in Stuttgart after defeating world number one Victoria Azarenka.
In doing so, Sharapova defeated three current Grand Slam title holders to win the tournament. Sharapova then played on the Mutua Madrid Open , a premier mandatory event. As the defending champion and second seed at the Italian Open , Sharapova had a bye in the first round. In the semifinals, Sharapova defeated Angelique Kerber to advance to the final for the second year in a row. In the final, Sharapova saved match point for a 2-hour minute win over Li Na for her 26th career title.
In the final, she defeated Sara Errani for her first French Open title. Sharapova then extended her win streak to 15 matches when she competed in the Wimbledon Championships as a top seed career debut distinction.
Her No. She made her Olympian debut at the Summer Olympics in London. Sharapova defeated Kirilenko to reach the Olympic final, where she lost to Serena Williams,  marking her worst defeat by the American. Sharapova was seeded third at the US Open , but had no hard-court tune-ups after the Olympics due to a stomach virus. After the delay, Sharapova came back to win. In the quarterfinals, she faced Marion Bartoli , who was 4—0 up before a rain delay, which delayed the match a whole day.
Sharapova then came back from a set down to win. She made it to the quarterfinals, losing to Samantha Stosur. In the finals she was again defeated by Azarenka. Although Sharapova made it to the final, Azarenka clinched the year-end No. She lost to Serena Williams for the 13th consecutive time in the final.
However, she withdrew from the tournament before it began, citing a collarbone injury. She defeated Olga Puchkova and Misaki Doi in the first two rounds without losing a game in either match, the first time a player has won in back-to-back double bagels at a Grand Slam tournament since the Australian Open. She reached the semifinals at the Qatar Total Open , losing to Serena Williams for the 10th straight time in her career.
She received a bye into the second round and successfully reached the final without dropping a set, where she faced Indian wells champion and former world No. After an hour and twenty-one minutes, Sharapova won the tournament. Her win also made her the No. Maria then competed at the Sony Open. Once again she reached the final without dropping a set and faced world No. Maria started the match strong, winning the first set.
However, Serena won the second and dominated the third set. Next, she played at the indoor clay event in Stuttgart, where she was the defending champion.
Maria was top seed and had a bye in the first round. Her first three matches were long three-setters: she first beat world No. In the final, in what was her ninth victory against the Chinese out of 14 matches, she beat second seed world No.
A week later, she competed at the Madrid Open , reaching the final, again without dropping a set. She faced Serena Williams for the 15th time, losing for the 12th consecutive time in straight sets. Next, she played in Rome, where she was seeded second and had a bye in the first round. She beat 16th seed Sloane Stephens in straight sets with the loss of three games in the third round, but then did not play her quarterfinal match against seventh seed Sara Errani and retired from the tournament due to a viral illness.
At the French Open , Sharapova reached the final again, beating Azarenka in three sets in the semifinals, but there she lost in straight sets to Serena Williams. At Wimbledon she was comprehensively beaten in the second round by qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito.
A week later Sharapova withdrew from the U. Open, citing a shoulder injury, which prematurely ended her season. Sharapova had not played since August due to a recurring shoulder injury and made her comeback at the Brisbane International.
Sharapova lost the match in 3 sets. Sharapova then participated in GDF Suez where she was upset in the semifinals to fellow Russian and eventual tournament winner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. In April, she won Stuttgart Open , her first title of the year and 30th of her career by defeating Ana Ivanovic in three sets. Stuttgart is the only tournament Sharapova has won three times.
With nine clay titles, she joins Venus Williams as the third most successful active player on the surface. She lost to Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. Sharapova was seeded 7th at French Open and defeated Ksenia Pervak, Tsvetana Pironkova, and Paula Ormaechea in the first 3 rounds, all in straight sets.
In the fourth round she defeated Samantha Stosur, reeling off nine straight games from a set and 3—4 down. This marked her 14th win in 16 meetings with the Australian. In the semi-finals, she defeated Eugenie Bouchard , once again coming back from a set down, to reach her third consecutive French Open final.
In the final, she defeated Simona Halep in three sets to win her second French Open title and fifth overall Major title. This was the first time since where a third set was contested in the final. Sharapova then played the Rogers Cup in Montreal where she was the 4th seed.
She then went on to defeat Pavlyuchenkova and newly crowned world No. She faced Ivanovic again but lost in a roller coaster three-setter despite having two match points. She defeated compatriot Maria Kirilenko and Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru before overcoming 26th seeded German Sabine Lisicki in round 3 to set up a clash with Caroline Wozniacki in the round of Sharapova lost to the Dane in 3 sets. Sharapova next played the inaugural Wuhan open where she was seeded 4th.
After receiving a first round bye, she defeated compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova in 3 sets and next faced Timea Bacsinszky. Although Sharapova won their 2 previous encounters, she was stunned by Timea in 2 tight sets, thus ending her campaign at the premier 5 tournament. Reaching the final without dropping a set, Sharapova defeated world No. In the final, Sharapova met reigning Wimbledon champion and world No.
Sharapova won the match in 2 hours 30 minutes, defeating the Czech in three sets. Also, Sharapova closed in on the year-end number-one ranking spot, being just points behind Williams. Maria was ranked No. Her first match was a three set loss to Wozniacki. She ended the year as world No. Sharapova kicked off her season at the Brisbane International where she was top seed and received a bye in the first round.
In the semi finals, Sharapova faced Elina Svitolina, beating her in straight sets. Reaching the final without dropping a set, Sharapova played an intense match against second seed Ana Ivanovic but came through in three sets. Also, it was just her second title in Australia so far, and for both she beat Ivanovic.
There, she beat seventh-seeded Eugenie Bouchard and fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets to make her fourth Australian Open final, where she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets, worsening her record against her to 2— Sharapova later withdrew from her match against Caroline Garcia , citing a stomach virus.
Next, in Indian Wells , she beat Yanina Wickmayer and Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, before losing to defending champion Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round in three sets. After receiving a bye in the first round of the Miami Open , Sharapova lost in the second round to fellow Russian Daria Gavrilova in straight sets, marking her earliest exit from the tournament since her first appearance in Miami in Sharapova began her clay season in Stuttgart where she was the three-time defending champion.
The loss also snapped a 64 match win streak on clay where Sharapova won the first set and went on to win the match. The last time Sharapova lost a match on clay after winning the first set was against Dinara Safina in the fourth round at the French Open.
As a result of the loss Sharapova lost the No. She advanced to the semifinals. There, she was beaten by Svetlana Kuznetsova for the first time since She beat Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals in straight sets to set up a re-match with Daria Gavrilova. After losing the first set, Sharapova managed to claim the next two sets and her third Rome title.
By winning Rome, Sharapova reclaimed the No. She then received a wildcard into Wuhan Open  and received a bye into the 2nd round. She then won all three of her round-robin matches, and achieved 1st position in her group.
She lost the match in straight sets, despite having a 5—1 lead in the second set. However, Russia eventually lost 2—3 after falling in a crucial doubles rubber. The Russian ended the season as being the world No. She had a win-loss record of 39—9 and won 2 titles, reaching the second week in all of the Grand Slams she played. Sharapova began her season at the Brisbane International where she was the defending champion.
She would have faced Ekaterina Makarova in the 1st round, but withdrew hours before the match, citing a left forearm injury, and was replaced by Margarita Gasparyan. She was drawn to face Nao Hibino in the first round and won in straight sets. She then won her second round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich , also in straight sets. Sharapova then lost her first set in the tournament as she defeated Lauren Davis in three sets.
In the fourth round, she then played her first career match against Belinda Bencic and won in two tight sets over two hours of play. Although she started the match brightly, she was defeated in straight sets. She failed to defend her finalist points from the previous year, and fell to sixth in the rankings after the tournament. After the Australian Open, Sharapova was nominated by team captain Anastasia Myskina to play the Fed Cup , but she had a forearm injury and was only listed for the doubles match.
In the end, Russia lost 3—1 but by being nominated for the match, Sharapova successfully qualified for the Summer Olympics having played sufficient Fed Cup matches to meet the criteria. Citing the left forearm injury sustained at the start of the year, Sharapova withdrew from the Qatar Open ,  and a week before the BNP Paribas Open , she withdrew from that for the same reason.
Following a failed drug test from the Australian Open , in which she tested positive for meldonium , a substance that had been banned, effective January 1, by the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA , Sharapova was provisionally suspended from competitive tennis with effect from March Sharapova returned to the WTA tour in April She played her first match of her comeback on April 26 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix , a tournament that she had previously won on three occasions.
Her first round opponent was Italian Roberta Vinci , who she went on to defeat in straight sets to advance to the second round, making it her first victory since her return. In the quarterfinals, she defeated qualifier Anett Kontaveit in straight sets, before losing to Kristina Mladenovic in the semifinals. Sharapova played a second round encounter with Eugenie Bouchard which after three sets Sharapova lost.
At one set apiece, Sharapova needed a medical timeout for her thigh, which ultimately forced her to retire in the third set.
Sharapova then received a wildcard to play Birmingham Classic. However, the same thigh injury at the Italian Open forced her to withdraw from the entire grass season, including the Wimbledon qualifying rounds.
Sharapova was given another wildcard at the Stanford Classic , her first hard court tournament since the Australian Open. Her first round opponent was Jennifer Brady , whom she defeated in three sets. The win also pushed Sharapova back inside the top Sharapova withdrew from the next round with a left arm injury.
She was set to make a return at the Canadian Open , where she had received a wildcard, but ultimately withdraw due to a left arm injury. She was set to play the Cincinnati Open as a wildcard but pulled out to be fully fit for the US Open , which had also granted Sharapova a wildcard entry. She opened the US Open against world No. In the third round, she played the American wildcard Sofia Kenin , an year-old who was making her first main draw appearance in a major.
Sharapova defeated the teenager in tight straight sets to advance to the second week of the US Open. She was defeated by 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova from Latvia in the fourth round. Sharapova received and accepted wildcards to enter the China Open and Tianjin Open , both held in China. In her opening match at the China Open, Sharapova once again faced Sevastova, this time prevailing in a three-hour, three-set match.
In the second round, Sharapova defeated Ekaterina Makarova, seeing her move back into the top for the first time since before her suspension. In the third round, Sharapova lost to Simona Halep in straight sets, marking her first loss to the Romanian after seven consecutive victories. Sharapova then remained in China for the Tianjin Open, which was her first appearance at the tournament. Sharapova went on to win the tournament, marking her first WTA title since , without dropping a set, including coming back from 1—4 down in the first set and 1—5 down in the second set against year-old Aryna Sabalenka in the final.
The result saw her eventually climb the rankings into the top 60, and she later received another wildcard to enter the Kremlin Cup. Sharapova began her season at the Shenzhen Open. Sharapova pulled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships due to citing a forearm strain. Sharapova was set to play the Miami Open but withdrew due to a forearm injury. Sharapova started her clay court season at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Sharapova faced sixth seed Caroline Garcia in the opening round but lost in three tight sets.
This was her fourth consecutive loss, marking her fall out of the top Sharapova began her Italian Open campaign with a three set win over 16th seed Ashleigh Barty.
From a set down, she went on to defeat world No. Despite the loss, her performance improved her ranking inside the top 30 and being seeded for the first time since her suspension at the Australian Open. In the third round, she defeated world No. In the fourth round, Sharapova was set to play Serena Williams , but Williams withdrew due to injury, giving Sharapova a walkover into her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since the Australian Open. Sharapova was set to play the Birmingham Classic but withdrew to fully recover ahead of Wimbledon.
Sharapova exited Wimbledon with a three set lost to Vitalia Diatchenko despite being up a set and serving for the match. This marked her worst Grand Slam result since the Australian Open and her first ever opening round loss at Wimbledon. Sharapova was set to play at the Silicon Valley Classic but withdrew due to a change in her schedule.
Sharapova fell in the third round with a straight sets loss to World No. Sharapova began her US Open campaign in the opening round, with a straight set win over Patty Schnyder. This marked the first time Sharapova had lost in the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium , previously having a 22—0 record. Sharapova ended her season with withdraws at the China Open , Tianjin Open and Kremlin Cup with a right shoulder injury. Sharapova ended the season inside the top 30, ranked In the opening round, she defeated Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets which was also her th career singles match.
In the second round, Sharapova defeated Wang Xinyu after Wang retired in the second set. In the quarterfinals, Sharapova lost to Aryna Sabalenka after she retired in the second set. Sharapova started her Australian Open campaign without the loss of a game in a win over Harriet Dart.
Sharapova followed up with a straight set win over Rebecca Peterson and a three set victory over defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. Sharapova recorded her first win in Russia in thirteen years with a straight sets win over Daria Gavrilova at the St. Sharapova withdrew from her second round match against Daria Kasatkina. Sharapova was set to play at the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open but withdrew before the tournaments started due to a shoulder injury for which she stated she was to have minor surgery.
Sharapova later withdrew from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix , Madrid Open , Italian Open and French Open due to not being able to compete at her highest level because of her lingering shoulder injury. Sharapova made a return after being away for over four months, in the grasscourt season at the Mallorca Open where she received a wild card.
Sharapova lost in the opening round of the Rogers Cup to Anett Kontaveit in three sets. In the second round, Sharapova was defeated by Ashleigh Barty in straight sets. Sharapova fell in the opening round of the US Open to eventual finalist Serena Williams in straight sets, it was also her final match of the year.
She ended the year ranked no. Sharapova began her season at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi , where she defeated Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets. On March 7, , Sharapova revealed that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open , which she described as the result of an oversight. She later released a statement regarding the test and explaining her use of the medicine:.
I take full responsibility for it. For the past ten years I have been given a medicine called mildronate by my family doctor and a few days ago after I received the ITF letter I found out that it also has another name of meldonium which I did not know.
But on January 1st  the rules had changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance which I had not known. I was given this medicine by my doctor for several health issues that I was having in Sharapova said that she had been taking the drug to treat magnesium deficiency, an irregular EKG and family history of diabetes,  and indicated that she had not read an email informing her that meldonium had been banned for use in tennis.
I make no excuses for not knowing about the ban. The other "communications"? They were buried in newsletters, websites, or handouts many of them technical, in small print. I took it the way my doctor recommended I take it and I took it in the low doses recommended.
I have been honest and upfront. You must be percent about what you are taking". As a result of the failed drug test, Nike and TAG Heuer suspended their relationships with Sharapova, while Porsche postponed promotional work. Sharapova indicated she would appeal the ban.
Following a hearing on 7 and 8 September , the Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS panel found that Sharapova had a reduced perception of the risk that she took while using Mildronate, because a she had used Mildronate for around ten years without any anti-doping issue, b she had consulted the Russian doctor who prescribed the Mildronate for medical reasons, not to enhance her performance, and c she had received no specific warning about the change in status of meldonium from WADA, the ITF, or the WTA.
Sharapova committed an anti-doping rule violation and that while it was with "no significant fault", she bore some degree of fault, for which a sanction of 15 months is appropriate. Sharapova has lived in the United States since moving there at the age of seven, but retains her Russian citizenship, and is therefore eligible to play in the Fed Cup for Russia.
His behaviour is totally incorrect, simply rude. At the end of , Sharapova stated she was now keen to make her Fed Cup debut  and was set to play against Belgium in April , but withdrew.
In the first-round tie, Sharapova played Virginie Razzano of France and lost. Sharapova continued to participate in and helped Russia to a 3—2 win against Spain in the first-round tie. Sharapova defeated Silvia Soler Espinosa in the first rubber, but was unable to play her second rubber due to illness. Sharapova was scheduled to play the semi-final against Germany , however, she withdrew days before the competition.
Despite the 2 wins by Sharapova, Russia still lost 3—2 after losing the decisive doubles rubber. Sharapova is an aggressive baseliner with power, depth, and angles on her forehand and backhand. Instead of using a traditional volley or overhead smash , she prefers to hit a powerful "swinging" volley when approaching the net or attacking lobs. Sharapova is known for on-court " grunting ", which reached a recorded decibels during a match at Wimbledon in Later in her career, Sharapova also added drop shots to her repertoire, making for a more unpredictable game style.
In her return from layoff in to , she used an abbreviated motion, which was somewhat less powerful, and though producing aces, also gave a very high number of double faults. After her early loss at the US Open , Sharapova returned to a more elongated motion, similar to her pre-surgery serve. She has since been able to produce speeds greater than before, including a mph serve hit at the Birmingham tournament in — the fastest serve of her career.
However, since her shoulder operation Sharapova has been unable to control her serve. This has led to numerous faults, as she is unable to feel how much power she is generating. Open and Australian Open crowns, where she had her career breakthrough and played her peak tennis level, respectively. Sharapova initially was not as well-suited to the slower clay courts as she is on hard and grass courts.
Sharapova admitted in that she was not as comfortable with her movement on clay compared with other court surfaces and once described herself as like a "cow on ice" after a match on clay,  due to her inability to slide. Later in her career, she showed improvement on this surface with respect to experience, as evidenced with her first WTA red-clay title at the Internationaux de Strasbourg , 7 years since playing on the WTA circuit.
She won her first French Open title and captured the career grand slam at the French Open and as of , led the WTA tour of active players with the highest winning percentage on clay, with an Sharapova has had multiple coaches throughout her career including: Robert Lansdorp ,   Yuri Sharapov,  Michael Joyce from —11,  Jimmy Connors in ,  and Sven Groeneveld — Sharapova has lived in the United States since moving there at the age of seven.
But years go on. I felt so fresh, full of energy, just with a really good perspective. Times change, obviously. It obviously helps with the encouragement. Although a United States resident since , Sharapova still prefers Russian citizenship. Sharapova has stated the reason she prefers to keep Russian citizenship is because "it is about the family environment, it is about the rich culture. Just life experiences that I look back to and I know that for so many years I was shaped into the individual I was from those experiences.
And not necessarily simply the country, but the people, the mentality and the toughness and that never giving up attitude". The Maria Sharapova Foundation is committed to helping children around the world achieve their dreams.
Sharapova has helped to promote the Winter Olympics in Sochi , Russia,  and was the first torch bearer in the torch-lighting ceremony during the opening festivities. She topped that list every year until , even after her shoulder injury. Immediately after her win at the Wimbledon Championship, mobile phone company Motorola signed Sharapova to endorse their mobile phone line.
She signed a sponsorship deal in January with Gatorade and Tropicana ,  which ended in The collection includes dresses that she designed for all the major tournaments, in collaboration with Nike and Cole Haan. Sharapova began using the Prince Shark OS at that tournament specially designed for her. Note: At the Australian Open and French Open , Sharapova won three qualifying round matches at each tournament in order to enter the main draw.
However, a few months later she revealed that she had tested positive for Meldonium, a banned substance. The ITF Tribunal decided she would be banned from competition for two years, and forced to disqualify her results, prize money, and ranking points from that Australian Open. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Russian tennis player. For other uses, see Sharapov surname. This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs ; the patronymic is Yuryevna and the family name is Sharapova.
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Я лишь высказываю свои предположения, мне ничего не известно, помимо того, что должна быть причина, которая бы и объясняла все странности и несуразности!
Пока же я слышу лишь полный абсурд, ложь и явную клевету. Вы обратили внимание на то, что за несколько дней до теста на Australian Open в прессе появились сообщения о расследовании договорных матчей в мире тенниса? Были ссылки на то, что, якобы, подозрения касались и некоторых из участников Australian Open?
Но дальше этого ничего не последовало после высказывания Марии о том, что все подобные попытки сразу же пресекались её менеджерами. Вот скажем, если бы Мария намеревалась в своей книге, над которой она уже давно работает, рассказать всю правду о мире тенниса? Правду очень неприятную для многих влиятельных людей и чиновников. И предположим, что о её намерениях каким-то образом стало известно в мире тенниса.
Такие волны по воде быстро расходятся. Это бы объяснило, почему именно многие так рьяно пытаются разрушить репутацию Марии и заставить всех нас, её болельщиков, её поклонников ЗАРАНЕЕ перестать ей верить. Ведь именно на это и направлены действия и высказывания многих! Я восхищаюсь мужеством и честностью Марии. Я восхищаюсь тем, что она взяла всю вину на себя.
Но, судя по всему, сама её пресс-конференция и всё, что на ней было Марией сказано, это не только проявление её честности, но и рекомендация её адвокатов. Можно ли верить её адвокатам, или каким-либо вообще адвокатам? На основании своего опыта, уверен, что никаким адвокатам доверять нельзя! Если я прав в своих догадках, то признание Марии в том, что первопричиной является, якобы, непрочтение именно ею ЛИЧНО каких-либо ссылок — это было высказывание, неосознанно сделанное ею по совету её адвокатов в интересах её врагов.
И я не говорю о том, что её адвокаты плохие профессионалы. Я говорю о том, что любые адвокаты, даже самые опытные и дорогостоящие, в подобной ситуации если я прав в своих догадках будут работать не на Марию, а на тех, кто ей противостоит! Думаю, что всё было подстроено против Марии её врагами. Единственное, что они знают и делают — лгут, обманывают, лицемерят, шантажируют и оказывают давление.
И в этот раз они обманут. И уж если они осмелились разрушить карьеру Марии и её репутацию, если задействовали свои связи, силы, стольких людей, то они не остановятся и постараются причинить максимальный ущерб, чтобы они не обещали. Думаю, независимость и успехи Марии и раньше раздражали многих. Считаю, что Марии доверять адвокатам нельзя.
Боюсь, однако, что даже если бы Мария пошла на такой шаг, после её пресс-конференции её словам уже не поверят. Именно этого, уверен, враги Марии и желали. Если Вы разделаете мои предположения или если Вы считаете, что эта версия может быть оправданной, то Марии необходима наша помощь.
Ей некому доверять, кроме нас, её болельщиков. Нужно попытаться придать огласке эту версию, если, конечно же, Вы с этой версией согласны. Посты на форумах, сообщения в средства массовой информации…Кто выступит в её защиту?
Публично выскажется её отец или члены её команды? Их мнение уже изначально дискредитировано. Думаю, что кроме нас, её болельщиков, её поклонников, сейчас ей НИКТО помочь не сможет, если даже и захочет.
Правда всегда болезненна! Жарас Избастиев.