Maria Sharapova

  • Residence: Bradenton, FL, USA
  • DOB: April 19, 1987
  • Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia
  • Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
  • Weight: 130 lbs. (59 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Sharapova is a power baseliner, with power, depth, and angles on her forehand and backhand. Instead of using a traditional volley or overhead smash, she often prefers to hit a powerful "swinging" volley when approaching the net or attacking lobs. Sharapova is thought to have good speed around the court, especially considering her height. At the beginning of 2008, some observers noted that Sharapova had developed her game, showing improved movement and footwork and the addition of a drop shot and sliced backhand to her repertoire of shots.

She has won three Grand Slam singles titles. In 2004 at the age of 17, she won Wimbledon, defeating Serena Williams in the final. She has since won the 2006 US Open, defeating Justine Henin in the final, and the 2008 Australian Open, defeating Ana Ivanovic in the final. Sharapova has represented Russia in Fed Cup, although her appearances have been controversial.

She has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in Sports Illustrated. Sharapova was the most searched-for athlete on Yahoo! in both 2005 and 2008. In July 2008, as a result of her success both on and off court, she was the world's highest-paid female athlete. Sharapova repeated this feat again in 2009, despite playing few matches due to injury Sharapova made 22 million US dollars between June 2008 and June 2009.

Starting in 2007, Sharapova has been suffering from a right shoulder injury. She underwent surgery and as a result did not play a professional singles match from August 2008 to May 2009. Because of her inability to play because of injury, she was unable to defend her ranking points. As a result, she was ranked 102 on May 18, 2009. She is currently ranked World No. 59 as of June 15, 2009.