She is no longer the number one tennis player in the world, Maria Sharapova is still definitely the most well-known and the majority of watched female tennis super star as well as the world’s highest paid female professional athlete.
Her parents were originally from Gomel, Belarus however they moved to the infamous Siberia in Russia in 1986 after the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. Sharapova herself was born in Nyagan, Russia on April 19, 1987. She now resides in the United States but has maintained her Russian citizenship.
After moving with her family to the Black Sea Resort at the town of Sochi at age 3, she began playing tennis later at the age of four. Her first racket originated from the dad of tennis star Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who hails from Sochi. By the time she was 6, she showed sufficient skill on the court to catch the eye of superstar Martina Navratilova, who then spoke with Sharapova’s parents, prompting them to send out the young girl to the United States for professional tennis instruction.
The parents were not rich people yet they took a gamble and followed Navratilova’s suggestions. Accompanied by her dad, Sharapova went to Florida and registered at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the same tennis school that produced previous world top such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. Due to visa issues, the dad and daughter were separated from Sharapova’s mother for 2 years.
In the beginning, Sharapova’s dad worked at a number of jobs to spend for her tennis lessons. However things would get better soon enough. The huge sports skill firm, International Management Group, soon granted Sharapova a full scholarship to relieve the monetary burdens on her daddy.
In 2004, Sharapova defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) in the finals to become the 3rd youngest winner of the prestigious Wimbledon women’s songs event, following the steps of Lottie Dod and Martina Hingis. She also ended up being the first Russian to win the occasion. On her way to the finals, Sharapova managed sensational three-set victories versus Ai Sugiyama (5-7, 7-5, 6-1) and Lindsay Davenport (2-6, 7-6, 6-1).
On September 12, 2005, Sharapova increased in the rankings and was named the number one tennis player worldwide. She was only 19 years of ages.
By the time she was six, she showed adequate skill on the court to capture the eye of super star Martina Navratilova, who then spoke to Sharapova’s moms and dads, urging them to send the young lady to the United States for professional tennis instruction.
Accompanied by her daddy, Sharapova went to Florida and registered at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the same tennis school that produced former world number ones such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. In the beginning, Sharapova’s father worked at numerous tasks to pay for her tennis lessons.