Maria Sharapova

Mostly Credited As: Maria Sharapova
Sometimes Credited As: Maria Yuryevna Sharapova

Birth Name: Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
Date Of Birth: April 19, 1987 (Age 29)
Country Of Birth: Russia
Birth Place: Nyagan, Tyumen Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Rus
Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova developed a talent for tennis since she was 4, when she started hitting tennis balls. She participated in a exhibition in Moscow that featured Russia tennis star, Martina Navratilova, during her young years. Navratilova urged her parents to go get Maria some professional training in the United States. Maria and her father, Yuri, immigrated to the U.S. when she was 7. Her mother, Yelena, didn’t come for two years due to visa restrictions and finances. At age 9, she began her training at Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy in Florida. Coach Nick Bollettieri realized she has talents when she kept hitting thousands of tennis balls in the basket each day. She grew up tall, beautiful, and talented. Maria got her education through the internet in the Keystone High School Home Schooling program. She also went into modeling during her free time, but prefers to spend more time on tennis and not let modeling get into her way. The world spotted her in 2004 when she defeated top rank, Serena Williams, in the Wimbledon finals in straight sets, 6-1 6-4. She became the first Russian to ever win the tournament and the second youngest women (17 years old) to ever win the title. On August 8th, 2005, she achieved her first #1 ranking in women’s singles and is the first Russian player to ever accomplish that ranking.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The 2014 Winter Olympics (2014)As: Herself (Correspondent)
Charity Jam (2005)As: Herself
Open Access (2004)As: Herself
Episode Cast Credits 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  March 7, 2014 15x66: (Mar/07/2014) As Herself 

Today at Wimbledon (1978) 
  2013 Highlights, Day 3 35x03: (Jun/26/2013) As Herself 
  2013 Highlights, Day 1 35x01: (Jun/24/2013) As Herself 
  2012 Highlights, Day 4 34x04: (Jun/28/2012) As Herself 
  2011 Highlights, Day 12 33x11: (Jul/02/2011) As Herself 
  2011 Highlights, Day 10 33x09: (Jun/30/2011) As Herself 
  2011 Highlights, Day 8 33x07: (Jun/28/2011) As Herself 
  2010 Highlights, Day 7 32x07: (Jun/28/2010) As Herself 
  2010 Highlights, Day 4 32x04: (Jun/24/2010) As Herself 
  2009 Highlights, Day 3 31x03: (Jun/24/2009) As Herself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Hugh Jackman, Maria Sharapova, J.D. McPherson 21x04: (Dec/13/2012) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Maria Sharapova, Velvet Revolver 12x190: (Jul/16/2004) As Herself 

Open Access (2004) 
  Fashion Sense 05x10: (Nov/23/2008) As Herself 
  Tennis Hotties 03x10: (Oct/15/2006) As Herself 
  Stars for Stars 03x05: (May/14/2006) As Herself 
  Miami 03x04: (Mar/03/2006) As Herself 
  Aussie Open 03x02: (Jan/30/2006) As Herself 
  Viewers' Choice 02x10: (Oct/09/2005) As Herself 
  Doha & San Jose 02x03: (Mar/14/2005) As Herself 
  Year-End Championships 01x12: (Dec/05/2004) As Herself 
  Best of Open Access 01x08: (Sep/12/2004) As Herself 
  Miami 01x04: (May/02/2004) As Herself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Billy Crystal, Maria Sharapova 15x99: (Apr/21/2008) As Herself 
  Maria Sharapova, Martha Stewart, Justin Timberlake 14x06: (Sep/11/2006) As Herself 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Bill Germanakos, Maria Sharapova 05x75: (Dec/21/2007) As Herself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Andy Dick, Maria Sharapova, The Dan Band 03x179: (Dec/21/2005) As Herself 

The Footy Show (AFL) (1994) 
  23 June - Round 13b 12x16: (Jun/23/2005) As Herself 

The Early Show (1999) 
  Maria Sharapova 05x223: (Jul/07/2004) As Herself 

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) 
  11/20/03 05x16: (Nov/20/2003) As Herself 
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Is 6 feet 2 inches and 131 pounds.

Won her first WTA Championship in 2004 by defeating Serena Williams, 4-6 6-2 6-4. (It's the only tournament in which you can afford to lose one match and still be in it.)


She is coached by her father, Yuri, and Robert Lansdorp.

Her favorite movies are Mona Lisa Smile, Something's Gotta Give and Love Actually.

Won her first career singles title in Tokyo, 2003.

Officially turned pro in 2001.

Resides in Bradenton, Florida.

Plays right-handed with a two-hand backhand.

Endorsed for Speedminton, Motorola, Parlux Fragrances, Canon, TAG Heuer, and Honda Japan & Colgate-Palmolive.

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Maria Sharapova Quotes
Maria: You do have to be ready to beat every single player, no matter what they're ranked, whether they're top 10 or outside the top 100. If you're not ready to beat them in the first round, I don't know if you're going to beat them in the later rounds.

Maria: I want to do my best and fight for every chance.