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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə ʂɐˈrapəvə] ( listen); born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States
United States
resident since 1994,[3] Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia
Russia
in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012.[4][5] Her 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open
French Open
and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams. She won the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004. She has also won three doubles titles. Despite an injury-prone career, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in the women's game. She won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert. Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis's best competitors, with John McEnroe
John McEnroe
calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.[6] Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Issue. She appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, being the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme. In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time[7] and in March 2012 was named one of the "100 Greatest of All Time" by Tennis
Tennis
Channel. According to Forbes, she has been named highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million (including prize money) since she turned pro in 2001.[8][9] In March 2016, Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open
Australian Open
on January 26, 2016. She had tested positive for meldonium, a substance that had been banned (effective January 1, 2016) by the World Anti-Doping Agency
World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA). On June 8, 2016, she was suspended from playing tennis for two years by the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation (ITF).[10][11][12] On October 4, 2016, the suspension was reduced to 15 months, starting from the date of the failed test, as the Court of Arbitration for Sports found that she had committed "no significant fault" and that she had taken the substance "based on a doctor's recommendation [...] with good faith belief that it was appropriate and compliant with the relevant rules".[13][14][15] She returned to the WTA tour on April 26, 2017 at the Porsche
Porsche
Tennis Grand Prix. In 2018, she launched a new programme to mentor women entrepreneurs.[16]

Contents

1 Early life

1.1 Introduction to tennis 1.2 Start of professional training

2 Tennis
Tennis
career

2.1 Junior and early career 2.2 2003: First tournament titles 2.3 2004: Wimbledon glory and rise to fame 2.4 2005: World No. 1 2.5 2006: US Open champion 2.6 2007: Return to No. 1, shoulder injury and fall from the Top 5 2.7 2008: Australian Open
Australian Open
champion, No. 1 and second shoulder injury 2.8 2009–2010: Shoulder surgery, rehabilitation, comeback & struggles with form 2.9 2011: Return to the Top 10 2.10 2012: Career Grand Slam, back to No. 1 & Olympic Silver 2.11 2013: Third shoulder injury 2.12 2014: Comeback and second French Open
French Open
title 2.13 2015: Fourth Australian Open
Australian Open
final 2.14 2016: More injuries and suspension 2.15 2017: Return from suspension, first WTA title in two years 2.16 2018

3 WADA substance controversy 4 Fed Cup
Fed Cup
participation 5 Playing style

5.1 Serve 5.2 Surfaces

6 Coaches 7 Personal life

7.1 Relationships 7.2 Public profile 7.3 Citizenship 7.4 Charity work 7.5 Autobiography

8 Endorsements 9 Sugarpova 10 Career statistics

10.1 Grand Slam tournaments

10.1.1 Singles performance timeline 10.1.2 Finals: 10 (5 titles, 5 runner-ups)

10.2 Year-end championships

10.2.1 Singles performance timeline 10.2.2 Finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)

10.3 Junior Grand Slam tournament finals

10.3.1 Singles: 2 finals (2 runners-up)

11 Awards 12 See also 13 References 14 External links

Early life[edit] Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
was born on April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Russian SFSR. Her parents, Yuri and Yelena, are from Gomel, Belarussian SSR. Concerned about the regional effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, they left their homeland shortly before Maria was born.[17] Introduction to tennis[edit] In 1989, when Sharapova was two, the family moved to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. There her father Yuri befriended Aleksandr Kafelnikov, whose son Yevgeny would go on to win two Grand Slam singles titles and become Russia's first world No. 1 ranked tennis player. Aleksandr gave Sharapova her first tennis racquet in 1991 when she was four, whereupon she began practicing regularly with her father at a local park.[18] Maria took her first tennis lessons with veteran Russian coach Yuri Yutkin, who was instantly impressed when he saw her play, noting her "exceptional hand-eye coordination".[19] Start of professional training[edit] In 1993, at the age of six, Sharapova attended a tennis clinic in Moscow run by Martina Navratilova, who recommended professional training at the IMG Academy
IMG Academy
in Bradenton, Florida, which had previously trained players such as Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and Anna Kournikova.[18] With money tight, Yuri Sharapov borrowed the sum that would enable him and his daughter, neither of whom could speak English, to travel to the United States
United States
of America, which they finally did in 1994.[19] Visa restrictions prevented Sharapova's mother from joining them for two years.[17] Arriving in Florida with savings of US$700,[19] Sharapova's father took various low-paying jobs, including dishwashing, to fund her lessons until she was old enough to be admitted to the academy. Before she entered the IMG business, she trained with Rick Macci, in the Rick Macci Tennis
Tennis
Academy. She then was offered a deal from IMG which forced her to change academies. Originally, she did train with Rick Macci, but after the deal with IMG, she could not see Rick Macci anymore. In 1995, she was signed by IMG, who agreed to pay the annual tuition fee of $35,000 for Sharapova to stay at the Academy, allowing her to finally enroll at the age of 9.[18] Tennis
Tennis
career[edit] Junior and early career[edit] Sharapova first hit the tennis scene in November 2000, when she won the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis
Tennis
Championships in the girls' 16 division at the age of just 13.[20] She was then given a special distinction, the Rising Star Award, which is awarded only to players of exceptional promise.[21] Sharapova made her professional debut in 2001 on her 14th birthday on April 19, and played her first WTA tournament at the Pacific Life Open
Pacific Life Open
in 2002, winning a match before losing to Monica Seles. Due to restrictions on how many professional events she could play, Sharapova went to hone her game in junior tournaments, where she reached the finals of the girls' singles events at the Australian Open
Australian Open
and Wimbledon in 2002. She was the youngest girl ever to reach the final of the Australian Open
Australian Open
junior championship at 14 years and 9 months.[22] Sharapova reached No. 6 in the ITF junior world singles ranking on October 21, 2002. 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.[23] Her best results in the Junior Grand Slam tournaments were the finals of the 2002 Australian Open, finals of the 2002 Wimbledon Championships, third round of the 2002 French Open, and second round of the 2001 US Open. 2003: First tournament titles[edit] From 2003, Sharapova played a full season and made a rapid climb into the top 50 by the end of the year.[24] She made her debuts at both the Australian Open
Australian Open
and the French Open, but failed to win a match in either. Then, as a wildcard at Wimbledon, she defeated 11th seed Jelena Dokić,[25] her first win over a top-20 player, to reach the fourth round, where she lost in three sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova. By the end of September, Sharapova had already captured her first WTA title at a smaller event, the Japan Open Tennis
Tennis
Championships, before winning her second in her final tournament of the season, the Bell Challenge.[26] To cap off her first full season as a professional, she was awarded the WTA Newcomer of the Year honor.[27] 2004: Wimbledon glory and rise to fame[edit] Main article: 2004 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
tennis season Sharapova was defeated in the third round of the Australian Open
Australian Open
by sixth seed Anastasia Myskina.[28] She later reached the semifinals at the Cellular South Cup, where she lost to eventual champion Vera Zvonareva.[29] During the spring clay-court season, Sharapova entered the top 20 on the WTA world rankings as a result of reaching the third round of the Qatar Telecom German Open
Qatar Telecom German Open
and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, both of which were Tier I events. 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. 10 and 2004 French Open
French Open
finalist Elena Dementieva. Later that clay-court season, she went on to make the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time at the French Open, losing there to Paola Suárez.[30]

Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004

Sharapova won the third title of her career at the Wimbledon warm-up DFS Classic, defeating Tatiana Golovin
Tatiana Golovin
in the final. 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
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
Lottie Dod
and Martina Hingis. Sharapova also became the second Russian woman (after Anastasia Myskina
Anastasia Myskina
had won the year's previous major at Roland Garros) to win a Grand Slam singles title. The victory was hailed by the media as "the most stunning upset in memory",[31] with other writers commenting on her arrival as a serious challenger to the Williams' dominance at Wimbledon.[32] She entered the top 10 in the rankings for the first time as a result of the win.[33] Following her Wimbledon win, attention and interest in Sharapova in the media greatly increased, a rise in popularity dubbed "Maria Mania."[34] She won three of six matches in her preparations for the US Open. At the US Open itself, she reached the third round, before being eliminated by Mary Pierce.[35] In order to regain confidence, Sharapova played and won consecutive titles in Asia in the fall, the Hansol Korea Open Tennis
Tennis
Championships and the Japan Open Tennis Championships. In October, Sharapova defeated Venus Williams
Venus Williams
en route to making the final of a Tier I event for the first time at the Zurich Open, losing in the final to Alicia Molik.[36] She then made her debut at the year-ending WTA Tour Championships. 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 Serena Williams, after trailing 4–0 in the final set.[37] 2005: World No. 1[edit] Main article: 2005 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
tennis season Sharapova started the year at the Australian Open, where she defeated fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
to reach the second Grand Slam semifinal of her career. Sharapova held match points in the 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
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.[38] She defeated former world No. 1 players Justine Henin and Venus Williams
Venus Williams
to reach the final at the Tier I NASDAQ-100 Open, where she lost to Kim Clijsters.[39][40] 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. 1 for the first time had she won the tournament.[41] Sharapova then reached the quarterfinals of the French Open for the second consecutive year, before losing to eventual champion Henin.[42] On grass, Sharapova won her third title of the year when she successfully defended her title at the DFS Classic, defeating Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
in the final.[43] As the defending champion at Wimbledon, Sharapova reached the semifinals without dropping a set and losing a service game just once, extending her winning streak on grass to 24 matches. However, she was then beaten by eventual champion Venus Williams.[44] Sharapova had far fewer points to defend, and so she became the first Russian woman to hold the world No. 1 ranking on August 22, 2005.[45] Her reign lasted only one week, however, as Davenport reclaimed the top ranking after winning the Pilot Pen Tennis
Tennis
tournament.[45] As the top seed at the US Open, Sharapova lost in the semifinals to Kim Clijsters,[46] 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. 1 ranking on September 12, 2005. She retained it for six weeks, but after playing few tournaments while injured, she again relinquished the ranking to Davenport.[45][47] To conclude the year, Sharapova failed to defend her title at the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships in Los Angeles, defeating Davenport in one of her round-robin matches, but ultimately losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Amélie Mauresmo. 2006: US Open champion[edit] Main article: 2006 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
tennis season

Sharapova celebrating after winning the 2006 US Open

Sharapova started 2006 by losing in the semifinals of the Australian Open in three sets to Henin,[48] also losing a rematch several weeks later at the Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships, having defeated former world No. 1 Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
and world No. 3 Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
in earlier rounds of the tournament. Sharapova claimed her first title in nine months at the Tier I tournament in Indian Wells, defeating Hingis in the semifinals and Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva
in the final.[49][50] She reached the final in Miami before losing to Kuznetsova.[51] Sharapova returned for the French Open. There, after saving match points in defeating Mashona Washington
Mashona Washington
in the first round, she was eliminated by Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
in the fourth round.[52] On grass, Sharapova was unsuccessful in her attempt to win in Birmingham for the third consecutive year, losing in the semifinals to Jamea Jackson.[53] Despite that, she was among the title favorites at Wimbledon, where the eventual champion Mauresmo ended up beating her in the semifinals.[54] Sharapova claimed her second title of the year at the Tier I Acura Classic, defeating Clijsters for the first time in the final.[55] As the third seed at the US Open, Sharapova defeated top seed Mauresmo for the first time in the semifinals,[56] and then followed up by beating second seed Justine Henin
Justine Henin
to win her second Grand Slam singles title.[57] That autumn, Sharapova won titles in back-to-back weeks at the Zurich Open and the Generali Ladies Linz. 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.[58] Sharapova would have finished the season as world No. 1 had she won the event. As it was, she finished ranked world No. 2, her best year-end finish yet. 2007: Return to No. 1, shoulder injury and fall from the Top 5[edit] Sharapova was the top seed at the Australian Open
Australian Open
due to top-ranked Justine Henin's withdrawal. 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. 81 at the time. After reaching the final, Sharapova recaptured the world No. 1 ranking.[45] She held it for seven weeks, surrendering it back to Henin after failing to defend her title at the Pacific Life Open, instead losing in the fourth round to Vera Zvonareva
Vera Zvonareva
after struggling with a hamstring injury.[59] The following fortnight, she defeated Venus Williams
Venus Williams
in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open,[60] before being beaten again by Serena Williams.[61] A shoulder injury forced Sharapova to miss most of the clay-court season for the second consecutive year, resulting in her only tune-up for the French Open
French Open
being the İstanbul Cup,[62] where she lost in the semifinals to Aravane Rezaï. She reached the semifinals of the French Open for the first time in her career, before losing to Ana Ivanovic.[63] On grass, Sharapova was runner-up to Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
at the DFS Classic.[64] Following that, she experienced her earliest Wimbledon loss since 2003 by losing in the fourth round to eventual champion Venus Williams.[65] 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.[45] In her US Open title defense, Sharapova was upset in her third-round match to 30th seed Agnieszka Radwańska,[66] making it her earliest exit at a Grand Slam singles tournament since the 2004 US Open, where she lost in the same round.[45] Following the US Open loss, Sharapova did not play again until the Kremlin Cup
Kremlin Cup
in October, where she lost her opening match to Victoria Azarenka.[67] Shortly after this, she fell out of the top 5 in the world rankings for the first time since 2004. She qualified for the eight-woman year-end Sony Ericsson Championships because of a withdrawal by Venus Williams
Venus Williams
before the start of the tournament.[45] Despite having not previously won a match in two months, Sharapova topped her round-robin group at the tournament, after winning all three of her matches, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, and Daniela Hantuchová. She then defeated Anna Chakvetadze
Anna Chakvetadze
in the semifinals.[68] In the final, she lost to world No. 1 Henin in a match that lasted 3 hours and 24 minutes. Sharapova reached the top five again to end the year.[69] 2008: Australian Open
Australian Open
champion, No. 1 and second shoulder injury[edit] Main article: 2008 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
tennis season Sharapova was seeded fifth at the Australian Open, but was not considered a favorite. Nevertheless, she defeated former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
in the second round, and then world No. 1 Henin in the quarterfinals,[70] ending the latter's 32-match winning streak.[71] She proceeded to the finals by defeating Jelena Janković in the semifinals, and defeated Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
in the final to win her third Grand Slam title, having not dropped a set all tournament. After the Australian Open, Sharapova extended her winning streak to 18 matches. This run encompassed two wins including at the Tier I Qatar Total Open. Her winning streak was ended in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open
Pacific Life Open
by Kuznetsova. In April, Sharapova won the Bausch & Lomb Championships, having survived her longest-ever match, at 3 hours and 26 minutes long, in the third round against Anabel Medina Garrigues.[72] The following week, at the Family Circle Cup, she lost in the quarterfinals to Serena Williams, her fourth consecutive loss to the American.[73] In May, Sharapova regained the world No. 1 ranking because of Henin's sudden retirement from professional tennis and request to the WTA that her own ranking be removed immediately.[74] As the top-seeded player at the French Open, Sharapova was within two points[75] of being knocked out by Evgeniya Rodina
Evgeniya Rodina
in the first round, before eventually winning.[76] As a result of losing to eventual finalist Dinara Safina in the fourth round (after serving for the match),[77] she relinquished her No. 1 ranking.[78] Her dip in form continued at Wimbledon, where she lost in the second round to world No. 154 Alla Kudryavtseva. This was her earliest loss at Wimbledon, and at any Grand Slam in almost five years.[79] Sharapova withdrew from the Rogers Cup tournament in August following a shoulder injury.[80] An MRI scan revealed that she had been suffering from a rotator cuff tear since April, forcing her out of all tournaments for the rest of the season, including the Beijing Olympics, the US Open, and the WTA Tour Championships.[81] In spite of that, she still finished the year ranked world No. 9. In October, after a failed attempt to rehabilitate the shoulder, Sharapova had surgery to repair the tear.[82] 2009–2010: Shoulder surgery, rehabilitation, comeback & struggles with form[edit] Main article: 2009 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
tennis season Sharapova did not attempt to defend her Australian Open
Australian Open
title, as she continued to recover from surgery.[83] She returned to the sport in March, in the doubles tournament at the BNP Paribas Open, but she and partner Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
lost in the first round. 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 100 for the first time in six years in May, the nadir being world No. 126.[1]

Sharapova made the quarterfinals of the French Open, her best Grand Slam performance of 2009

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.[84] The following week, in her first Grand Slam appearance since her surgery, she reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, before her run was ended by Dominika Cibulková.[85] During the summer grass-court season, Sharapova played in Birmingham, losing in the semifinals to Li Na.[86] Sharapova then played at Wimbledon as the 24th seed. She was upset in the second round by Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko
in three sets.[87] Sharapova enjoyed considerable success in the summer months, reaching the quarterfinals at the Bank of the West Classic, the semifinals at the LA Women's Tennis
Tennis
Championships, and finishing runner-up at the Rogers Cup to Elena Dementieva. At the 2009 US Open, Sharapova was seeded 29th. She found her way into the third round, defeating Tsvetana Pironkova
Tsvetana Pironkova
and Christina McHale
Christina McHale
all in straight sets. She was stunned in the third round by American teenager Melanie Oudin.[88] It was the second time in Sharapova's career that she lost to a teenager at a Grand Slam, having lost to Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
during the same event in 2007. The loss made Sharapova's ranking go down to No. 32.[1] The final stretch of the season brought Sharapova her first title of the year in Tokyo, after opponent Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
retired after being down 2–5 to Sharapova in the final.[89] By virtue of that result, she was the recipient of a bye at the China Open, but failed to capitalize on it, losing to Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
in the third round.[90] She ultimately finished the season at world No. 14, having improved from No. 126 when she started her comeback from injury.[1] Main article: 2010 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
tennis season 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 2003, Sharapova had lost her opening match at a Grand Slam event.[91] She then rebounded by winning a smaller American event, the Cellular South Cup, her 21st career WTA title and first of the year.[92] At the BNP Paribas Open, Sharapova lost in the third round to Zheng Jie, aggravating a bruised bone on her right elbow in the process, which resulted in her eventual withdrawal from the Sony Ericsson Open[93] and the Family Circle Cup.[94] Returning at the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid
Madrid
Open, Sharapova lost in the first round to Lucie Šafářová. 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.[95] At the French Open, Sharapova's brief clay season culminated with a third-round loss to four-time champion Justine Henin.[96] 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. 1 and eventual champion Serena Williams, despite having three set points in the opening set.[97] The match was seen as another encouraging performance for Sharapova, with some stating their belief that she was approaching the form that would see her contending for Grand Slams once more,[98] and Sharapova herself stating that she felt that she was "in a much better spot than I was last year."[99] During the US Open Series, Sharapova made two straight finals, losing to Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
at the Bank of the West Classic,[100] and to Kim Clijsters at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open.[101] In the latter match, Sharapova held three match points while leading 5–3 on Clijsters's serve late in the second set, but could not convert them. At the U.S. Open, Sharapova was the 14th seed. She made it to the fourth round, where she played top seed and 2009 finalist Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
and lost.[102] Sharapova's last two tournaments of the season ended in disappointment. She played in the Toray Pan Pacific Open
Toray Pan Pacific Open
in Tokyo, where she was upset in the first round by 39-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm.[103] Her last tournament of the year was the China Open, where she lost in the second round to fellow Russian Elena Vesnina.[104] She ended the year at number 18 in the world.[105] 2011: Return to the Top 10[edit] It was announced that Sharapova would bring in Thomas Högstedt
Thomas Högstedt
as a coach for the 2011 season, joining Michael Joyce.[106] On December 5, Sharapova won an exhibition match against world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva in Monterrey, Mexico.[107] In Sharapova's first official Australian Open warm-up tournament at the 2011 ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, she was seeded first. She lost to the Hungarian veteran and eventual champion Gréta Arn
Gréta Arn
in the quarterfinals. After the ASB Classic, Sharapova decided to split up with Joyce, ending a successful cooperation that has brought her two Grand Slam victories and the World No. 1 ranking.[108] 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.[109] She also had to pull out of the 2011 Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships and 2011 Qatar Ladies Open
2011 Qatar Ladies Open
because of an ear infection.[110] Sharapova returned to the tour in March by taking part in the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, where she was seeded 16th. She defeated former world No. 1 Dinara Safina, in the fourth round en route to the semifinal, where she lost to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.[111] At the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open
Sony Ericsson Open
in Key Biscayne, Sharapova defeated 26th seed Alexandra Dulgheru
Alexandra Dulgheru
in the quarterfinals, in a match lasting 3 hours and 28 minutes.[112] In the semifinals, Sharapova took her Australian Open
Australian Open
reprisal on Germany's Andrea Petkovic by defeating her. In the final, she was defeated by Victoria Azarenka, despite a late comeback in the second set.[113] With this result, Sharapova returned to the top 10 for the first time since February 2009.[1] During the clay-court season, Sharapova participated in 2011 Mutua Madrileña Madrid
Madrid
Open, where she lost to Dominika Cibulková
Dominika Cibulková
in the third round, and the 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where she was seeded seventh. She defeated top seed Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in the semifinals and sixth seed Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
in the final to take home the title, marking her biggest clay-court victory to date.[114] At the 2011 French Open, Sharapova was seeded seventh. She defeated French wildcard Caroline Garcia
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.[115] At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Sharapova had not dropped a set entering the final, before losing to eighth seed Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
in straight sets.[116] This marked her first final in over three years at a Grand Slam event. Sharapova started her summer hard-court season at the 2011 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California. In a highly anticipated match, Sharapova lost to the eventual champion Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.[117] In her next event at the 2011 Rogers Cup in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Sharapova lost to Galina Voskoboeva in the third round, marking her 100th career loss.[118]

Sharapova at the Western & Southern Open, August 2011

Sharapova then contested the 2011 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio. 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,[119] 14th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova,[120] tenth seed Samantha Stosur,[121] and 2nd seed Vera Zvonareva.[122] In the final, she defeated fellow former world No. 1 Jelena Janković, in 2 hours and 49 minutes, making it the longest WTA tour final of the year.[123] She subsequently moved up to world No. 4, her highest ranking since August 2008 and the highest since her comeback from her shoulder injury.[124] 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. However, because of the fall of Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva
Vera Zvonareva
in the rankings, Sharapova climbed to world No. 2.[125] Sharapova's next tournament was the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan.[126] As second seed, she received a bye into the second round, where she beat Tamarine Tanasugarn. She then beat 13th seed Julia Görges, before retiring against Petra Kvitová in the quarterfinal, 3–4, after slipping on the baseline, suffering an ankle injury. This also forced her to withdraw from the 2011 China Open the following week. Sharapova then flew to Istanbul to prepare for the 2011 WTA Tour
2011 WTA Tour
Championships, her first time qualifying since 2007. During the WTA Tour Championships, Sharapova withdrew during the round-robin stage after defeats against Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
and Li Na, as a result of the ankle injury she had suffered in Tokyo.[127] Sharapova ended the year as No. 4 in the world, her first top-10 finish since 2008 and first top-5 finish since 2007. 2012: Career Grand Slam, back to No. 1 & Olympic Silver[edit] Main article: 2012 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
tennis season Sharapova withdrew from the 2012 Brisbane International because of her ongoing ankle injury.[128] Her first tournament of the season was the 2012 Australian Open, where she was seeded fourth. Sharapova advanced to the final round defeating Gisela Dulko, Jamie Hampton, and 30th seed Angelique Kerber, compatriot Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
and world No. 2 Petra Kvitová. She lost to Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
in two sets. As a result, her ranking improved to world No. 3. She then played in the Paris, where she lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Angelique Kerber. As a result, her ranking improved to world No. 2.

Sharapova at the 2012 Summer Olympics, July 2012

At the Indian Wells, after battling for over three hours, Sharapova defeated compatriot Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
to set up a semifinal meeting with Ana Ivanovic. Sharapova advanced to the final after Ivanovic retired due to a hip injury.[129] In the final, she played world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
in a rematch of the Australian Open
Australian Open
final, but lost again in straight sets. Sharapova's next tournament was the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, where she was seeded 2nd and received a bye. In the final, Sharapova lost in straight sets to 5th seeded Agnieszka Radwańska. This was her third loss of the year in finals out of four tournaments played so far. In the Porsche
Porsche
Tennis
Tennis
Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Sharapova was seeded second. She had a bye in the first round, and advanced to the third round after Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
retired in the second set. 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 2012 Mutua Madrid
Madrid
Open, a premier mandatory event. In the third round, Sharapova's opponent Lucie Šafářová was unable to compete and withdrew from the tournament, earning Sharapova a walkover into the quarterfinals.[130] She was then beaten by eventual champion Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in straight sets. 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
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 52-minute win over Li Na
Li Na
for her 26th career title.[131] This marked the fourth time Sharapova had successfully defended a title. Sharapova was seeded second at the French Open, where she defeated Alexandra Cadanțu, Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
on her way to the finals, allowing her to regain the world No. 1 ranking. In the final, she defeated Sara Errani for her first French Open
French Open
title. Sharapova became only the tenth woman to complete a Career Grand Slam with the French Open victory.[132] During the tournament, Sharapova was also asked by the Russian Olympic Committee
Russian Olympic Committee
to carry the Russian flag in the Olympic Games, making her the first female flag bearer for Russia
Russia
in Olympic history.[133] Sharapova then extended her win streak to 15 matches when she competed in the Wimbledon Championships as the top seed there for the first time in her career. However, she was upset in the fourth round by 15th-seeded Sabine Lisicki, whom she beat in the previous year's semifinals. As a result, she lost her No. 1 ranking to Victoria Azarenka[citation needed]. She played in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games
Olympic Games
in London, her first Olympics.[134] In the quarterfinals, Sharapova defeated fellow former No. 1 Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
to advance to the semifinals, where she faced her compatriot, Maria Kirilenko. Sharapova defeated Kirilenko to reach the Olympic final, where she lost to Serena Williams,[135] marking her worst defeat by the American. With this performance, Sharapova overtook Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
as world No. 2. Sharapova was seeded third at the US Open, but had no hard-court tune-ups after the Olympics due to a stomach virus.[136] In the fourth round, Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
took it to a third set and was winning until a rain delay. 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.[137] In the semifinals, Sharapova lost to world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova's next tournament was the Toray Pan Pacific Open
Toray Pan Pacific Open
in Tokyo. She made it to the quarterfinals, losing to Samantha Stosur.[138] At the China Open she was seeded second. In the finals she was again defeated by Azarenka.[139] Sharapova's next tournament was the year-end championships in Istanbul, where she was seeded second. She defeated Sara Errani, Agnieszka Radwańska, and Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
in the round-robin matches. In the semifinals, Sharapova beat Azarenka, bringing their head-to-head meetings to 7–5 in Azarenka's favour. Although Sharapova made it to the final, Azarenka clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking with her two round-robin wins. She lost to Serena Williams
Serena Williams
for the 13th consecutive time in the final.[140] 2013: Third shoulder injury[edit] Sharapova's first scheduled tournament of the 2013 season was the Brisbane International, where she was seeded second. However, she withdrew from the tournament before it began, citing a collarbone injury.[141] She started her season at the Australian Open
Australian Open
seeded second. She defeated Olga Puchkova
Olga Puchkova
and Misaki Doi
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 1985 Australian Open.[142] Sharapova then defeated Venus Williams, Kirsten Flipkens, and Ekaterina Makarova, where in losing only nine games, she broke Monica Seles' record of fewest games dropped heading into a Grand Slam semifinal.[143] She lost to Li Na
Li Na
in the semifinals.

Sharapova at the French Open, May 2013

She reached the semifinals at the Qatar Total Open, losing to Serena Williams for the 10th straight time in her career.[144] Her next tournament was Indian Wells, where she was seeded second. She received a bye into the second round and successfully reached the final without dropping a set, where she faced 2011 Indian wells champion and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. After an hour and twenty-one minutes, Sharapova won the tournament.[145] This was Maria's 28th career title and second at Indian Wells. Her win also made her the No. 2 player in the world behind Serena Williams.[146][147][148] Maria then competed at the Sony Open. Once again she reached the final without dropping a set and faced world No. 1 Serena Williams. Maria started the match strong, winning the first set. However, Serena won the second and dominated the third set. This was Maria's 11th consecutive loss against Serena.[149][150] 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. 25 Lucie Šafářová, dropping the second set on a tiebreak, then Ana Ivanovic, then in the semifinals, she won against third seed Angelique Kerber. In the final, in what was her ninth victory against the Chinese out of 14 matches, she beat second seed world No. 5 Li Na
Li Na
in straight sets to win her 29th career title.[151] A week later, she competed at the Madrid
Madrid
Open, reaching the final, again without dropping a set. She faced Serena Williams
Serena Williams
for the 15th time, losing for the 12th consecutive time in straight sets.[152] Next, she played in Rome, where she was seeded second and had a bye in the first round. She beat 16th seed Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
in straight sets (with the loss of just three games) in the third round, but then did not play her quarterfinal match against seventh seed Sara Errani
Sara Errani
and retired from the tournament due to a viral illness.[153][154] At the 2013 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. Sharapova then returned to the tour at the 2013 Western & Southern Open, where she lost her opening match to Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
in three sets. A week later Sharapova withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing a shoulder injury, which prematurely ended her season.[155] 2014: Comeback and second French Open
French Open
title[edit] Main article: 2014 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
tennis season Sharapova had not played since August 2013 due to a recurring shoulder injury and made her comeback at the 2014 Brisbane International.[156] Sharapova advanced to the semi-finals where she was beaten in straight sets by Serena Williams. At the 2014 Australian Open
Australian Open
Sharapova, ranked 3rd, was knocked out of the tournament in the 4th round by the 20th seed, and eventual finalist, Dominika Cibulková. 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
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
in three sets. In March, playing in the Indian Wells Masters, she was beaten by 22-year-old Italian Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi
in the third round, in three sets.[157] Therefore, due to the WTA ranking system, this would mean another drop in ranking, bringing her to world No. 7. In April, she won Stuttgart Open, her first title of the year and 30th of her career by defeating Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
in three sets. Stuttgart is the only tournament Sharapova has won three times. In May, Maria won the Madrid Open, her second title of the year and first in Madrid, defeating Simona Halep
Simona Halep
in three sets. With nine clay titles, she joins Venus Williams as the third most successful active player on the surface.[158] Sharapova then competed in the Italian Open in Rome, where she made the third round. She lost to Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
in straight sets. Sharapova was seeded 7th at 2014 French Open
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 quarters, she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza, again coming back from a set down, to reach the semifinals at the French for the fourth consecutive year. 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
Simona Halep
in three sets to win her second French Open
French Open
title and fifth overall Major title. This was the first time since 2001 where a third set was contested in the final. The match took just over three hours, and has been described as one of the best women's finals in recent years. [159] The 2014 Wimbledon Championships would be her next tournament, as Sharapova chose not to play a warm-up event before the third Grand Slam of the season gets underway.[160] At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Sharapova reached the fourth round, where she lost to German Angelique Kerber, the ninth seed, in three sets. Sharapova then played the 2014 Rogers Cup in Montreal
Montreal
where she was the 4th seed. She received a first round bye and faced Garbiñe Muguruza in her opener, she won in 3 sets. In the following round she lost in 3 sets to Muguruza's compatriot, Carla Suárez Navarro. At the 2014 Western & Southern Open, Sharapova was seeded 5th and defeated Madison Keys
Madison Keys
after having a first round bye. She then went on to defeat Pavlyuchenkova and newly crowned world no.2 Simona Halep
Simona Halep
to reach the last four. She faced Ivanovic again but lost in a roller coaster three-setter despite having two match points. Sharapova then travelled to New York for the US Open where she was the 5th seed. She defeated compatriot Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
and Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru before overcoming 26th seeded German Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki
in round 3 to set up a clash with Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in the round of 16. Sharapova lost to the Dane in 3 sets. Sharapova next played the inaugural 2014 Wuhan open where she was seeded 4th. After receiving a first round bye, she defeated compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova
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. The following week, Sharapova played the China Open in Beijing, a Premier Mandatory-level tournament. Reaching the final without dropping a set, Sharapova defeated world No. 9 Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
in the semis. In the final, Sharapova met reigning Wimbledon champion and world No. 3 Petra Kvitová. Sharapova won the match in 2 hours 30 minutes, defeating the Czech in three sets. By virtue of the win, Sharapova's ranking rose from No. 4 to No. 2 in the world and she secured herself the second seeding for the WTA year-end Championship. Also, Sharapova closed in on the year-end number-one ranking spot, being just 467 points behind Williams. Maria was ranked No. 2 heading into the WTA Tour Championships, with a chance of overtaking Serena Williams
Serena Williams
as world No. 1. She was drawn in the white group, with Petra Kvitová, Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
and Caroline Wozniacki. Her first match was a three set loss to Wozniacki. Maria also lost her 2nd round robin match to Kvitová in straight sets; her first loss to Petra since 2011. Maria still had a chance of making the Semis, but she needed to beat Radwańska in two sets, and Wozniacki needed to beat Petra in straight sets as well. She ended her year with a win against Radwańska in three sets, finishing 3rd overall in the White group. She ended the year as world No. 2, behind Serena Williams. 2015: Fourth Australian Open
Australian Open
final[edit] Main article: 2015 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
tennis season Sharapova kicked off her 2015 season at the Brisbane International where she was top seed and received a bye in the first round. Sharapova defeated Yaroslava Shvedova and Carla Suárez Navarro. 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
Ana Ivanovic
but came through in three sets. This was Sharapova's 10th win over Ivanovic and by winning her 34th title, it meant that Sharapova has won at least one title every year for 13 consecutive years. Also, it was just her second title in Australia
Australia
so far, and for both she beat Ivanovic. Sharapova's next tournament was the 2015 Australian Open, where she beat Petra Martić
Petra Martić
and fellow countrywoman Alexandra Panova
Alexandra Panova
(despite having two match points against her) in the first two rounds, before beating Zarina Diyas
Zarina Diyas
and Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
in straight sets. There, she beat seventh-seeded Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard
and fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets to make her fourth Australian Open
Australian Open
final, where she lost to Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in straight sets, worsening her record against her to 2–17. In February, following her participation in the Fed Cup, Sharapova played in Acapulco, where she beat Shelby Rogers, Mariana Duque Mariño
Mariana Duque Mariño
and Magdaléna Rybáriková
Magdaléna Rybáriková
to advance the semifinals. Sharapova later withdrew from her match against Caroline Garcia, citing a stomach virus. Next, in Indian Wells, she beat Yanina Wickmayer and Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
in straight sets, before losing to defending champion Flavia Pennetta
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
Daria Gavrilova
in straight sets, marking her earliest exit from the tournament since her first appearance in Miami in 2003. Sharapova began her clay season in Stuttgart where she was the three-time defending champion. After receiving a first-round bye, she lost in the second round to Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in three sets, snapping Sharapova's win streak at the tournament and marking her first-ever loss at the tournament, having won it three times in a row (2012, 2013, & 2014). 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
Dinara Safina
in the fourth round at the 2008 French Open. As a result of the loss Sharapova lost the No. 2 ranking to Simona Halep. Sharapova's next clay court tournament was the Madrid
Madrid
Open where she was the defending champion. She advanced to the semifinals. There, she was beaten by Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
for the first time since 2008. Sharapova's next tournament was the Italian Open in Rome where she was seeded 3rd. She beat Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
in the quarterfinals in straight sets to set up a re-match with Daria Gavrilova. She beat Gavrilova in straight sets to advance to the final, where she faced Carla Suárez Navarro. 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. 2 ranking over Halep, until August 24, when Halep went again to World No.2, due to Sharapova's not playing any match after Wimbledon (where she reached the semifinals but lost to Serena), including US Open, due to injuries. She then received a wildcard into Wuhan Open[161] and received a bye into the 2nd round. However, she retired in her match against Barbora Strýcová in the 3rd set, citing a left forearm injury.[162] She then withdrew from the China Open,[163] where she was the defending champion, to recover in time for the WTA Finals and the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
final. At the WTA Finals, she was drawn into the red group, alongside Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
and Flavia Pennetta. She then won all three of her round-robin matches, and achieved 1st position in her group. Her win over Pennetta also marked the last match of the Italian's career. Sharapova then played the player who finished 2nd in the White Group, Petra Kvitová. She lost the match in straight sets, despite having a 5–1 lead in the second set. Sharapova then played in the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
final, winning both of her matches, against Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
and got revenge against Petra Kvitová for her loss in the WTA Finals. However, Russia
Russia
eventually lost 2-3 after falling in a crucial doubles rubber. The Russian ended the season as being the World No. 4, despite not playing the US Open Series and missing most of the Fall Asian Hardcourt season. 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. 2016: More injuries and suspension[edit] Sharapova began her 2016 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.[164] Due to Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
winning the Shenzhen Open, Sharapova was seeded fifth at the Australian Open. 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
Lauren Davis
in three sets. In the fourth round, she then played her first career match against Belinda Bencic
Belinda Bencic
and won in two tight sets over two hours of play. Sharapova then faced her long-time rival Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in the quarterfinal, a repeat of the previous year's final. 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
Anastasia Myskina
to play the Fed Cup, but she had a forearm injury and was only listed for the doubles match.[165] Russia
Russia
lost the first three matches and chose Makarova to replace Sharapova for the dead doubles match. In the end, Russia
Russia
lost 3–1 but by being nominated for the match, Sharapova successfully qualified for the Summer Olympics having played sufficient Fed Cup
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,[166] and a week before the BNP Paribas Open, she withdrew from that for the same reason.[167] Following a failed drug test from the 2016 Australian Open, in which she tested positive for meldonium, a substance that had been banned, effective January 1, 2016 by the World Anti-Doping Agency
World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA), Sharapova was provisionally suspended from competitive tennis with effect from March 12.[168] On June 8 she was banned for two years by the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation.[169] Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has implied that Sharapova was targeted due to the political crisis in Russian-American relations.[170] In October 2016, Sharapova's ban was reduced from 24 months (2 years) to 15 months, starting from January 26, 2016, the date of the drug test she had failed. 2017: Return from suspension, first WTA title in two years[edit] Sharapova returned to the WTA tour in April 2017. She was given wild cards to compete in the following three WTA tournaments: Women's Stuttgart Open, Madrid
Madrid
Open and Italian Open. She played her first match of her comeback on April 26 at the Porsche
Porsche
Tennis
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.[171] In her on-court interview Sharapova said, "The first few seconds before you enter the arena – it's been a stage of mine since I was a young girl – I've been waiting for this moment for a long time."[171] She followed it up with another straight sets victory over countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
in the second round. In the quarterfinals, she defeated qualifier Anett Kontaveit in straight sets, before losing to Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
in the semifinals. Sharapova then took part in the 2017 Mutua Madrid
Madrid
Open where she beat Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
in three sets. Sharapova played a second round encounter with Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard
which after three sets Sharapova lost.[citation needed] In the 2017 Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Internazionali BNL d'Italia
opening match she defeated Christina McHale
Christina McHale
in straight sets. In her next match, she again faced the sixteenth seed Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
in a rematch of their encounter in Madrid. At one set apiece, Sharapova needed a medical timeout for her thigh, which ultimately forced her to retire in the third set.[citation needed] Just before the players came on court, French Federation president Bernard Giudicelli announced that Sharapova would not be receiving a wildcard in the main draw or the qualifying draw, preventing her from playing in the 2017 French Open.[172] 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 2016 Australian Open. Her first round opponent was Jennifer Brady, whom she defeated in three sets. The win also pushed Sharapova back inside the top 150. 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
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. 2 Simona Halep, and won in three sets, her first US Open win since the 2014 US Open. In second round she defeated Tímea Babos, coming from a set down to win in three. In the third round, she played the American wildcard Sofia Kenin, an 18-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 sixteenth seed Anastasija Sevastova
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, Maria 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 100 for the first time since before her suspension. In the third round, Sharapova lost to Simona Halep
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 2015, without dropping a set, including coming back from 1–4 down in the first set and 1–5 down in the second set against 19-year-old Aryna Sabalenka
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 2017 Kremlin Cup. Sharapova recorded her first opening round loss since 2013, with a straight-sets loss to eighth seed Magdaléna Rybáriková.[173] 2018[edit] Sharapova began her 2018 season at the Shenzhen Open. She defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu, Alison Riske
Alison Riske
and Zarina Diyas
Zarina Diyas
to advance to the semifinals, where she fell to defending champion Katerina Siniakova.[174] Sharapova then returned to the Australian Open
Australian Open
for the first time since her suspension, defeating Tatjana Maria
Tatjana Maria
and Anastasija Sevastova
Anastasija Sevastova
in the opening two rounds, before losing to Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in straight sets in the third round.[175] Sharapova received a wildcard to enter the Qatar Open, losing in three sets to Monica Niculescu
Monica Niculescu
in the opening round. Sharapova played the Indian Wells Open falling in the opening round to Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka
in straight sets. WADA substance controversy[edit]

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Federation bans Sharapova for two years after positive drug test

On March 7, 2016, Sharapova revealed that she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open, which she described as the result of an oversight.[176] Sharapova admitted to testing positive for meldonium, an anti-ischemic drug usually prescribed for heart conditions, that was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency
World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA)'s banned substances list on January 1, 2016.[177] Sharapova was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation (ITF) from playing tennis with effect from March 12, 2016. She later released a statement regarding the test and explaining her use of the medicine:

I received a letter from the ITF that I failed a drugs test at the Australian Open. 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. It is very important for you to understand that for ten years this medicine was not on WADA's banned list and I had legally been taking the medicine for the past ten years. But on January 1st [2016] 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 2006.[178]

Meldonium
Meldonium
is not approved for use in the United States, Sharapova's country of residence;[179] however, it is legal to use in Russia, the country that Sharapova represents in tennis.[180] The drug's inventor Ivars Kalviņš said that he didn't think taking it should be construed as "doping",[179] but he also said that it "is very popular among athletes" and was used by the Soviet military for "optimizing the use of oxygen" and that it "allows athletes to train under maximum strain".[179] Don Catlin, a long-time anti-doping expert and the scientific director of the Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG) stated that "There's really no evidence that there's any performance enhancement from meldonium – Zero percent."[181][182] Sharapova said that she had been taking the drug to treat magnesium deficiency, an irregular EKG and family history of diabetes,[183] and indicated that she had not read an email informing her that meldonium had been banned for use in sport. Mildronate's addition was outlined on a WADA and United States
United States
Anti-Doping Agency summary document[184][185] and it has been reported that all tennis players were warned five times that it was due to be banned.[186] On March 11, 2016, Sharapova denied reports about the five missed warnings via Facebook:

That's a distortion of the actual "communications" which were provided or simply posted onto a webpage. 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 didn't take the medicine every day. I took it the way my doctor recommended I take it and I took it in the low doses recommended. I’m proud of how I have played the game. I have been honest and upfront. I won't pretend to be injured so I can hide the truth about my testing.[187][188]

Most fellow tennis players reacted negatively to her announcement, with almost no support or sympathy in general for Sharapova.[189][190] John McEnroe
John McEnroe
and Pat Cash
Pat Cash
said they found it hard to believe her.[191][192] Jennifer Capriati
Jennifer Capriati
posted on Twitter
Twitter
that she should be stripped of her 35 professional titles.[193] Chris Evert
Chris Evert
expressed her surprise at the lack of support in tennis for Sharapova, noting that she "[had] always isolated herself from the rest of the tennis world, from the players".[194] Serena Williams
Serena Williams
expressed surprise at Sharapova’s announcement but commended her for being "upfront with what she had done".[195] Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
and Andy Murray all publicly condemned Sharapova and argued that she deserved to be punished on the basis that she failed the doping test,[196][197] with Murray adding that "Taking a drug you don't necessarily need because it's legal is wrong"[198] and Federer stating that "Whether it's intentional or not, I don't see too much difference. You must be 100 percent about what you are taking".[199] Sharapova's case prompted Federer to urge the tennis federation to conduct more anti-doping tests.[200] Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
said that he felt sorry for her, but that she must still be ready for punishment.[201] The Russian Tennis Federation strongly defended Sharapova, describing the positive drug test as "nonsense" and adding that they expected Sharapova to be available for the 2016 Olympic Games.[202][203] Following the announcement, as a result of the failed drug test personal sponsors Nike and TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer
suspended their relationships with Sharapova, while Porsche
Porsche
postponed promotional work.[204][205] Racquet manufacturer HEAD stood by Sharapova, saying, "We look forward to working with her", and announced that they intended to extend their contract.[206] They also suggested that WADA should prove scientifically why the drug should be banned.[207] The United Nations Development Programme suspended Sharapova from her role as a goodwill ambassador on March 16, while expressing thanks for her support of their work over the previous nine years.[208] On April 12, WADA intimated that athletes who tested positive for meldonium before March 1 could avoid bans, but the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation said that Sharapova's case would proceed.[209] On June 8, the ITF announced that Sharapova would be suspended for two years. Sharapova indicated she would appeal the ban.[210] Following a hearing on 7 and 8 September 2016, 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.[211][212] However, the CAS panel also noted Sharapova’s failure to disclose her use of meldonium on her doping control forms and that she was at fault for (a) failing to give her agent adequate instructions as to how to carry out the important task of checking the Prohibited List, and (b) failing to supervise and control the actions of her agent in carrying out that task (specifically the lack of any procedure for reporting or follow-up verification to make sure that her agent had actually discharged his duty).[213] On October 4, the CAS reduced the sanction imposed on Sharapova by an Independent Tribunal from 24 months to 15 months.[13] CAS has released a statement on its official website stating:[14]

Ms. 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.

Fed Cup
Fed Cup
participation[edit] Sharapova has lived in the United States
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
Fed Cup
for Russia.[214] However, the behavior of Sharapova's father during her matches on the WTA Tour, combined with a perceived lack of commitment by her to the Fed Cup, has made her selection for the Russian Fed Cup
Fed Cup
team controversial in the past. After Sharapova had beaten fellow Russian Anastasia Myskina
Anastasia Myskina
at the 2004 WTA Tour
2004 WTA Tour
Championships, Myskina criticized Sharapova's father, saying: "He was just yelling and screaming instructions to her and I thought he just might jump right on the court at one point in the match." At the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
semifinals two weeks later, Myskina stated she would stop playing for Russia
Russia
if Sharapova joined the Russian team the following season: "If she joins our team next season you won't see me there for sure. His behaviour is totally incorrect, simply rude. I don't want to be around people like him." Larisa Neiland, assistant to Russia
Russia
Fed Cup
Fed Cup
captain Shamil Tarpishchev, added: "Her father's behaviour (at the WTA Tour Championships) was simply outrageous. I just don't see how he could work with the rest of us." However, Tarpishchev himself played down the problem, insisting: "I feel that things will calm down soon and we'll have Myskina, Sharapova, Kuznetsova and everyone else playing for Russia."[215] At the end of 2005, Sharapova stated she was now keen to make her Fed Cup debut[216] and was set to play against Belgium
Belgium
in April 2006, but withdrew.[217] She later withdrew from ties against Spain
Spain
in April 2007[218] and against the United States
United States
in July 2007 because of injuries.[219] The latter withdrawal led to Russia's captain saying she would be "ineligible for selection" for the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
final in September.[220] However, Sharapova attended the final, cheering from the sidelines and acting as a "hitting partner" in practices, resulting in some of her Russian teammates implying that she was attending only to enable her to play at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (rules state that players must have "shown commitment" to Fed Cup
Fed Cup
in order to play). Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
said, "She said she wanted to be our practice partner but if you can't play how then can you practice?"[221] Sharapova finally made her Fed Cup
Fed Cup
debut in February 2008, in Russia's quarterfinal tie against Israel.[222] She won both her singles rubbers, against Tzipora Obziler
Tzipora Obziler
and Shahar Pe'er, helping Russia
Russia
to a 4–1 victory.[223] For the semifinals, she was given permission to skip the tie, with Tarpishchev announcing that she will be on the team for the final.[224] However, the date of the final coincided with the lay-off from her shoulder injury, and thus she did not play.[224] In the 2011 first-round tie, Sharapova played Virginie Razzano
Virginie Razzano
of France
France
and lost. Sharapova was supposed to play Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
but she was suffering from a viral illness.[225] Teammate Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova played and defeated Cornet to secure the 3–2 win for Russia
Russia
against France. Sharapova continued to participate in 2012 and helped Russia
Russia
to a 3–2 win against Spain
Spain
in the first-round tie. Sharapova defeated Silvia Soler Espinosa
Silvia Soler Espinosa
in the first rubber, but was unable to play her second rubber due to illness.[226] In 2015, Sharapova helped Russia
Russia
earn a place in the semifinals after beating Pole Urszula Radwańska
Urszula Radwańska
in the first tie and her sister Agnieszka Radwańska in the second tie. Sharapova was scheduled to play the semi-final against Germany, however, she withdrew days before the competition. She then joined the team for the final against Czech Republic and won both of her matches, against Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
and Karolína Plíšková. Despite the 2 wins by Sharapova, Russia
Russia
still lost 3–2 after losing the decisive doubles rubber. Playing style[edit] Sharapova is an aggressive baseliner with power, depth, and angles on her forehand and backhand.[227] She is one of the few players on the WTA tour who often use the reverse forehand. Instead of using a traditional volley or overhead smash, she prefers to hit a powerful "swinging" volley when approaching the net or attacking lobs.[228] Sharapova is thought to have good speed around the court, especially considering her height.[227] 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.[229][230] Despite her powerful game, Sharapova's greatest asset is considered to be her mental toughness and competitive spirit, with Nick Bollettieri stating that she is "tough as nails". Hall-of-famer John McEnroe
John McEnroe
said of Sharapova, "she's one of the best competitors in the history of the sport."[231] Sharapova is known for on-court "grunting", which reached a recorded 101 decibels during a match at Wimbledon in 2005.[232] During her second round match in Birmingham in 2003, Sharapova was asked to tone down the level of her grunt after opponent Nathalie Dechy
Nathalie Dechy
complained to the umpire, with Sharapova's response saying that her grunting was "a natural instinct."[233] Monica Seles
Monica Seles
suggested that grunting is involuntary and a part of tennis.[234] When questioned by the media about her grunting, Sharapova urged the media to "just watch the match."[235] Her defensive game has been worked on by her new coach, and this has reflected in her results, making consecutive semi-finals at premier mandatory events on the tour. Later in her career, Sharapova also added drop shots to her repertoire, making for a more unpredictable game style. Serve[edit]

Sharapova at The Championships, Wimbledon
The Championships, Wimbledon
in 2009.

Early in her career, Sharapova's first and second serves were regarded as powerful,[227] and she was believed to possess one of the best deliveries on the Tour.[236] Since the beginning of 2007, however, problems with her shoulder have reduced the effectiveness of her serve.[236] The shoulder injury resulted in not only her inconsistent first serves, but also her hitting high numbers of double faults.[237] Two-time US Open singles champion Tracy Austin
Tracy Austin
believes that Sharapova often loses confidence in the rest of her game when she experiences problems with her serve and consequently produces more unforced errors and generally plays more tentatively,[238] while tennis writer Joel Drucker remarked that her serve was the "catalyst for her entire game", and that her struggles with it left her "unmasked."[236] In her return from layoff in 2008 to 2009, 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 2009 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 121-mph serve hit at the Birmingham tournament in 2010 – the fastest serve of her career.[239] 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.[240] The new action led to an elbow injury, but under Thomas Högstedt
Thomas Högstedt
it has improved but can still be erratic.[241] This improvement in serving can be seen in the 2013 Australian Open
Australian Open
and following tournaments where Maria Sharapova committed fewer double faults than in previous years. Surfaces[edit] Because she predicates her game on power, Sharapova's preferred surfaces early in her career were the fast-playing hard and grass courts, as evident through her 25 victories on hard court and grass court.[citation needed] This was most notable when she won the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 U.S. Open and 2008 Australian Open
Australian Open
crowns, where she had her career breakthrough and played her peak tennis level, respectively.[citation needed] Sharapova initially was not as well-suited to the slower clay courts as she is on hard and grass courts. Sharapova admitted in 2007 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,[242] 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 2010 Internationaux de Strasbourg, 7 years since playing on the WTA circuit. She won her first French Open
French Open
title and captured the career grand slam at the 2012 French Open
French Open
and as of 2014, led the WTA tour of active players with the highest winning percentage on clay, with an 84.25% winning rate.[243] Since her shoulder injury, her best surface has become clay over grass & hard courts, and with her victory at the 2014 French Open, she has now won the French Open
French Open
twice, which is more times than she has won any other slam, and three out of her four last Grand Slam Finals have all been at the French Open
French Open
(3 consecutive finals from 2012–2014). Coaches[edit] Sharapova has had multiple coaches throughout her career including: Robert Lansdorp,[244][245] Yuri Sharapov,[246] Michael Joyce from 2004–11,[247] Thomas Högstedt
Thomas Högstedt
from 2011–13,[248] Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
in 2013,[249] and Sven Groeneveld
Sven Groeneveld
2013–2018.[250] Personal life[edit] Relationships[edit] In 2011, she was engaged to Slovenian professional basketball player Sasha Vujačić,[251][252] with whom she had been in a relationship since 2009.[253] On August 31, 2012, Sharapova confirmed that the pair had ended the engagement and separated earlier that year. In 2013, she began dating Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. Sharapova and Dimitrov ended the relationship in July 2015.[254] Sharapova began dating Paddle8 president and co-founder Alexander Gilkes in January 2018.[255] Public profile[edit] Sharapova has lived in the United States
United States
since moving there at the age of seven. Besides a home in Bradenton, Florida, she also has a residence in Manhattan Beach, California.[256] From 2005 to 2011, Sharapova was named to the Forbes
Forbes
Celebrity 100, which attempts to compile the top 100 most powerful celebrities of that year.[257] Sharapova has made varying remarks on how long she intends to maintain her tennis career. Following the retirement of 25-year-old Justine Henin in 2008, Sharapova said, "If I [were] 25, and I'd won so many Grand Slams, I'd quit too."[258] In an interview after the 2008 Australian Open, she balked at the idea of playing for another ten years, saying that she hoped to have a "nice husband and a few kids" by then.[259] However, in an interview before her 2012 Australian Open semifinal, Sharapova changed her stance, saying she intended to continue playing tennis for as long as she enjoyed playing the game. Sharapova stated, "I'm sure when I was 17 years old and someone said, you'll be playing for another eight years, it would be like, you're not going to see me at a press conference at 25 years old. But years go on. I missed a year in my career—I didn't play that year. I've said this, just before the tournament, a few weeks before, I woke up, and I was just so happy to be going back on the court. I felt so fresh, full of energy, just with a really good perspective. Times change, obviously. I see myself playing this sport for many more years because it's something that gives me the most pleasure in my life. I think it helps when you know you're good at something, and you can always improve it. It obviously helps with the encouragement."[260] Citizenship[edit] Although a United States
United States
resident since 1994, Sharapova still prefers Russian citizenship. 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".[261] Charity work[edit] The Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
Foundation is committed to helping children around the world achieve their dreams. Sharapova has donated $100,000 to Chernobyl-related projects. In partnership with the UNDP, she launched a $210,000 scholarship program for students from Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus
Belarus
that will award five-year scholarships to 12 students at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the Belarusian State University.[262] At the 2004 US Open, Sharapova, along with several other Russian female tennis players, wore a black ribbon in observance of the tragedy after the Beslan school hostage crisis, which took place only days before.[263] In 2005, she donated around US$50,000 to those affected by the crisis.[45] On February 14, 2007, Sharapova was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and donated US$210,000 to UNDP
UNDP
Chernobyl-recovery projects. She stated at the time that she was planning to travel back to the area after Wimbledon in 2008,[264] though it didn't happen since she had to travel back to the US because of her shoulder injury.[265] She fulfilled the trip in late June/early July 2010. Sharapova has helped to promote the 2014 Winter Olympics
2014 Winter Olympics
in Sochi, Russia,[266] and was the first torch bearer in the torch-lighting ceremony during the opening festivities. In addition, with Angela Haynes, Maria Kirilenko, Nicole Vaidišová, Rennae Stubbs, Governor Jeb Bush, and Jennifer Capriati, Sharapova participated in an exhibition in Tampa in December 2004, raising money for the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.[267] In July 2008, Sharapova sent a message on DVD to the memorial service of cancer victim Emily Bailes, who had performed the coin toss ahead of the 2004 Wimbledon
2004 Wimbledon
final that Sharapova had gone on to win.[268] Autobiography[edit] Sharapova's autobiography, Unstoppable: My Life So Far was published on September 12, 2017, by Sarah Crichton Books.[269] Endorsements[edit]

Sharapova at official unveiling of her Canon PowerShot
Canon PowerShot
Diamond lineup

Sharapova's tennis success and appearance have enabled her to secure commercial endorsements that greatly exceed the value of her tournament winnings.[270][271] In March 2006, Forbes
Forbes
magazine listed her as the highest-paid female athlete in the world, with annual earnings of over US $18 million,[272] the majority of which was from endorsements and sponsorships. She topped that list every year until 2016, even after her 2007 shoulder injury.[273][274][275] In 2011, Forbes
Forbes
listed Sharapova as No. 29 in their list of 50 top-paid athletes, the only woman on the list.[276] In 2012, she was listed as No. 15, and was joined in the top 20 by Li Na
Li Na
at No. 16 and Serena Williams at No. 17.[277] In April 2005, People named her one of the 50 most beautiful celebrities in the world.[278] In 2006, Maxim ranked Sharapova the hottest athlete in the world for the fourth consecutive year. She posed in a six-page bikini photoshoot spread in the 2006 Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day
issue of the Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Issue, alongside 25 supermodels.[279] In a poll run by Britain's FHM magazine, she was voted the seventh most eligible bachelorette,[280] based on both "wealth and looks." Immediately after her win at the 2004 Wimbledon
2004 Wimbledon
Championship, mobile phone company Motorola
Motorola
signed Sharapova to endorse their mobile phone line.[281] Additionally, she appeared in commercials for Land Rover and Canon, as well as approved of namesake items by watch brand Tag Heuer and jeweller Tiffany.[281] Tiffany also provides Sharapova with earrings from the "Tiffany for Maria Sharapova" collection at the four major events, that are also retailed globally.[282] She also starred in an award-winning campaign for the sports clothing brand Nike, "Pretty", in the summer of 2006. She signed a sponsorship deal in January 2007 with Gatorade
Gatorade
and Tropicana,[283] which ended in 2009.[284] In 2007, Sharapova was featured in a number of Canon USA's commercials for the PowerShot.[285] Sharapova has also been depicted in many tennis-related video games. Some of the titles include the Top Spin series, Virtua Tennis
Tennis
series, and Grand Slam Tennis
Tennis
series. During the layoff due to her shoulder surgery, sensing the fleeting nature of a professional athlete's career, Sharapova decided to focus on developing her name as a brand, beginning with meeting with her sponsors more extensively to further her brand.[281] In January 2010, it was announced that Sharapova had renewed her contract with Nike, signing an 8-year deal for $70 million. This is the most lucrative deal ever for a sportswoman, dwarfing the previous record, which was Venus Williams' $43 million deal with Reebok.[286] Following in the footsteps of tennis players who started clothing lines such as Fred Perry
Fred Perry
and René Lacoste, Sharapova launched her own tennis apparel line, the "Nike Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
Collection", in 2010. The collection includes dresses that she designed for all the major tournaments, in collaboration with Nike and Cole Haan.[287] She had previously found that the outfits given to her by Nike did not suit her frame and were worn by too many other players.[281] She comes up with design ideas and sketches in a process that begins 18 months before the event[287] and receives royalties from the sale of the collection, of which the corresponding dresses are coordinated to be available simultaneously with the corresponding major tournament.[281] The collection is worn by other WTA players, including Sofia Arvidsson, Eugenie Bouchard, Kai-Chen Chang, Andrea Hlaváčková, Madison Keys, Anastasia Pivovarova
Anastasia Pivovarova
as well as junior players such as Indy de Vroome.[287] Sharapova had earlier collaborated with Nike on the "little black dress" that she wore for her night matches at the 2006 US Open.[281] The dress featured a round crystal studded collar and was inspired by Audrey Hepburn.[281] The dress was well publicized and received but was not mass-produced.[281][287][288] Additionally, she designs shoes and handbags for Cole Haan, for which her signature ballerina flats are one of the biggest sellers of the entire brand.[281] Sharapova used the Prince Triple Threat Hornet for part of 2003 and then used several different Prince racquets until the US Open. She gave the racquet she used in the 2004 Wimbledon
2004 Wimbledon
final to Regis Philbin when taping Live with Regis and Kelly. Sharapova began using the Prince Shark OS at that tournament specially designed for her.[289] She then switched to the Prince O3 White racquet in January 2006. She switched to the Prince O3 Speedport Black in July 2008.[290] After being with Prince for ten years,[291] Sharapova began endorsing Head racquets in 2011 and uses the Head YOUTEK IG Instinct.[292][293] Sharapova signed a three-year deal to be brand ambassador for Porsche in 2013.[294] Sugarpova[edit] Sugarpova[295] is a candy line created by Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
and candy veteran Jeff Rubin, founder of international retailer IT'SUGAR.[296][297] According to the Sugarpova website, "Sugarpova is a premium candy line that reflects the fun, fashionable, sweet side of international tennis sensation Maria Sharapova."[298] A portion of all proceeds goes to the Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
Foundation, Sharapova's charity.[298] Sugarpova was launched worldwide in 2013. In February 2016, Sugarpova announced that it had partnered with Polish company Baron Chocolatier[299] to make Sugarpova Premium Chocolates.[300] Sugarpova also plans to extend its range to lifestyle products.[301] Career statistics[edit] Main article: Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
career statistics Grand Slam tournaments[edit] Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key

W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %

Australian Open 1R 3R SF SF F W A 1R 4R F SF 4R F QF A 3R 1 / 14 54–13 81%

French Open 1R QF QF 4R SF 4R QF 3R SF W F W 4R Absent

2 / 13 53–11 83%

Wimbledon 4R W SF SF 4R 2R 2R 4R F 4R 2R 4R SF Absent

1 / 13 46–12 79%

US Open 2R 3R SF W 3R A 3R 4R 3R SF A 4R Absent 4R

1 / 11 35–10 78%

Win–Loss 4–4 15–3 19–4 20–3 16–4 11–2 7–3 8–4 16–4 21–3 12–3 16–3 14–3 4–1 3–1 2–1 5 / 51 188–46 80%

Note: At the 2003 Australian Open
Australian Open
and 2003 French Open, Sharapova won three qualifying round matches at each tournament in order to enter the main draw. Note 2: At the 2016 Australian Open, Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
reached the quarterfinals. 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. [302] Finals: 10 (5 titles, 5 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score

Winner 2004 Wimbledon Grass Serena Williams 6–1, 6–4

Winner 2006 US Open Hard Justine Henin 6–4, 6–4

Runner-up 2007 Australian Open Hard Serena Williams 1–6, 2–6

Winner 2008 Australian Open Hard Ana Ivanovic 7–5, 6–3

Runner-up 2011 Wimbledon Grass Petra Kvitová 3–6, 4–6

Runner-up 2012 Australian Open Hard Victoria Azarenka 3–6, 0–6

Winner 2012 French Open Clay Sara Errani 6–3, 6–2

Runner-up 2013 French Open Clay Serena Williams 4–6, 4–6

Winner 2014 French Open
French Open
(2) Clay Simona Halep 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4

Runner-up 2015 Australian Open Hard Serena Williams 3–6, 6–7(5–7)

Year-end championships[edit] Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %

WTA Tour Championships NQ NQ NQ W SF SF F A NQ NQ RR F A RR SF NQ 1 / 7 21–11 65.6

Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–1 2–2 3–1 4–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 4–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 0–0

Finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score

Winner 2004 WTA Tour finals Hard (i) Serena Williams 4–6, 6–2, 6–4

Runner-up 2007 WTA Tour finals Hard (i) Justine Henin 7–5, 5–7, 3–6

Runner-up 2012 WTA Tour finals Hard (i) Serena Williams 4–6, 3–6

(i) = Indoor Junior Grand Slam tournament finals[edit] Singles: 2 finals (2 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score

Runner-up 2002 Australian Open Hard Barbora Strýcová 0–6, 5–7

Runner-up 2002 Wimbledon Grass Vera Dushevina 6–4, 1–6, 2–6

Awards[edit] See also: WTA Awards

2003

Russian Cup Newcomer of the Year Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association (WTA) Newcomer of the Year[303]

2004

WTA Player of the Year[304] WTA Most Improved Player of the Year[304]

2005

ESPY Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player[304] Prix de Citron Roland Garros[305] Russian Cup Female Tennis
Tennis
Player of the Year

2006

Russian Cup Female Tennis
Tennis
Player of the Year Whirlpool 6th Sense Player of the Year[304]

2007

ESPY Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player[304] ESPY Best International Female Athlete[304]

2008

ESPY Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player[306] Russian Cup Team of the Year (as part of the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
team)

2010

WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player[304] WTA Humanitarian of the Year[304] WTA Most Fashionable Player (On Court)[304] WTA Most Fashionable Player (Off Court)[304] WTA Most Dramatic Expression[304]

2012

ESPY Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player[307] Medal of the Order For Merit to the Fatherland
Order For Merit to the Fatherland
2nd Class (April 28, 2012) – for her philanthropic activity[308] Medal of the Order For Merit to the Fatherland
Order For Merit to the Fatherland
1st Class (August 13, 2012) – for her outstanding contribution to the development of physical cultures and sports at the XXX Olympic Games
Olympic Games
in 2012 in London (Great Britain)[309] Russian Cup Female Tennis
Tennis
Player of the Year

2016

Order For Merit to the Fatherland
Order For Merit to the Fatherland
(February 5, 2016)[310]

See also[edit]

Tennis
Tennis
portal

ATP World Tour records WTA Tour records List of WTA number 1 ranked players List of female tennis players List of tennis rivalries Tennis
Tennis
records of the Open Era – Women's Singles

References[edit] General

"Players: Maria Sharapova". WTA. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 

Specific

^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Maria Sharapova". WTA. Retrieved September 1, 2015.  ^ "Million dollar club" (PDF). WTAtennis.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 26, 2011.  ^ Simon Briggs (August 28, 2013). "US Open 2011: Elena Baltacha warns Heather Watson
Heather Watson
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Maria Sharapova

Entourage

Sven Groeneveld
Sven Groeneveld
(former coach) Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
(former coach) Thomas Högstedt
Thomas Högstedt
(former coach) Michael Joyce (former coach)

Career

Statistics World No. 1 ranking

Seasons

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Career highlights

World No. 1 ranking 2004 WTA Tour
2004 WTA Tour
Championships 2012 Olympic Silver Medal

Australian Open
Australian Open
titles

2008

French Open
French Open
titles

2012 2014

Wimbledon titles

2004

US Open titles

2006

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official website

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
(achievement predecessor and successor)

Sporting positions

Preceded by Lindsay Davenport Lindsay Davenport Justine Henin Justine Henin Victoria Azarenka World No. 1 22 August 2005 – 28 August 2005 12 September 2005 – 23 October 2005 29 January 2007 – 18 March 2007 19 May 2008 – 8 June 2008 11 June 2012 – 8 July 2012 Succeeded by Lindsay Davenport Lindsay Davenport Justine Henin Ana Ivanovic Victoria Azarenka

Preceded by Ana Ivanovic US Open Series Champion 2007 Succeeded by Dinara Safina

Awards

Preceded by Svetlana Kuznetsova WTA Newcomer of the Year 2003 Succeeded by Tatiana Golovin

Preceded by Nadia Petrova WTA Most Improved Player 2004 Succeeded by Ana Ivanovic

Preceded by Justine Henin WTA Player of the Year 2004 Succeeded by Kim Clijsters

Preceded by Serena Williams Venus Williams Serena Williams Serena Williams ESPY Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player 2005 2007–2008 2012 2014 Succeeded by Venus Williams Serena Williams Serena Williams Serena Williams

Preceded by N/A ESPY Best International Female Athlete 2007 Succeeded by Lorena Ochoa

Preceded by Elena Dementieva WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year 2010 Succeeded by Agnieszka Radwańska

Preceded by Ana Ivanovic WTA Humanitarian of the Year 2010 Incumbent

Olympic Games

Preceded by Andrei Kirilenko Flagbearer for  Russia London 2012 Succeeded by Sergey Tetyukhin

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
in the Grand Slam Tournaments

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Grand Slam / non-calendar year / career Grand Slam-winning singles/doubles tennis players

Grand Slam

Men's singles

1938: Don Budge 1962: Rod Laver 1969: Rod Laver

Women's singles

1953: Maureen Connolly 1970: Margaret Court 1988: Steffi Graf

Men's doubles

1951: Ken McGregor/ Frank Sedgman

Women's doubles

1960: Maria Bueno 1984: Martina Navratilova/ Pam Shriver 1998: Martina Hingis

Mixed doubles

1963: Margaret Court/ Ken Fletcher 1965: Margaret Court 1967: Owen Davidson

Non-calendar year Grand Slam

Men's singles

2015–16: Novak Djokovic

Women's singles

1983–84: Martina Navratilova 1993–94: Steffi Graf 2002–03: Serena Williams 2014–15: Serena Williams

Men's doubles

2012–13: Bob Bryan/ Mike Bryan

Women's doubles

1949–50: Louise Brough 1986–87: Martina Navratilova/ Pam Shriver 1992–93: Gigi Fernández/ Natasha Zvereva 1996–97: Natasha Zvereva 2009–10: Serena Williams/ Venus Williams

Mixed doubles

1967–68 Billie Jean King

Career Grand Slam

Men's singles

1933-34-35: Fred Perry 1937-38: Don Budge 1960-61-62: Rod Laver 1961-63-64: Roy Emerson 1992-94-95-99: Andre Agassi 2003-04-09: Roger Federer 2005-08-09-10: Rafael Nadal 2008-11-16: Novak Djokovic

Women's singles

1951-52-53: Maureen Connolly 1949-50-51-54: Doris Hart 1951-56-57: Shirley Fry Irvin 1960-62-63: Margaret Court 1966-67-68-72: Billie Jean King 1974-75-82: Chris Evert 1978-81-82-83: Martina Navratilova 1987-88: Steffi Graf 1999-2002-03: Serena Williams 2004-06-08-12: Maria Sharapova

Men's doubles

1935-36-39: Adrian Quist 1948-50-51 Frank Sedgman 1951: Ken McGregor 1953–56: Lew Hoad/ Ken Rosewall 1957-58-59: Neale Fraser 1959-60-62: Roy Emerson 1965–67: John Newcombe/ Tony Roche 1962-64-67-77: Bob Hewitt 1982-84-86-89: John Fitzgerald 1983-87-89: Anders Järryd 1994-95-98: Jacco Eltingh/ Paul Haarhuis 1989-92–93-2000: Mark Woodforde 1992–93-95-2000: Todd Woodbridge 1998-2002-03-05: Jonas Björkman 2003-05-06: Bob Bryan/ Mike Bryan 2002-04-07-08: Daniel Nestor 1999-2006-12: Leander Paes

Women's doubles

1942-46-50: Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp 1947-48-50-51: Doris Hart 1950-51-57: Shirley Fry Irvin 1956–1957: Althea Gibson 1958–60: Maria Bueno 1961–64: Lesley Turner Bowrey 1961-63-64: Margaret Court 1964-66-69-70: Judy Tegart Dalton 1980–81: Kathy Jordan/ Anne Smith 1975-76-77-80: / Martina Navratilova 1981-82-83-84: Pam Shriver 1989-90-93: Helena Suková 1988–90-91-92: Gigi Fernández 1989-90-91-93: / Natasha Zvereva 1989-90-94: Jana Novotná 1996-97-98: Martina Hingis 1999-2000-01: Serena Williams/ Venus Williams 2000-01-06: Lisa Raymond 2012-13-14: Sara Errani/ Roberta Vinci

Mixed doubles

1925-26-27-28 Jean Borotra 1949–51: Doris Hart/ Frank Sedgman 1961-1963: Margaret Court 1962-1963: Ken Fletcher 1965-66-67: Owen Davidson 1967–68: Billie Jean King 1969–75: Marty Riessen 1961-70-77-79: Bob Hewitt 1992–93-95: Mark Woodforde 1990-93-94-95: Todd Woodbridge 1974-85-2003: Martina Navratilova 2001-02-05: Daniela Hantuchová 1997-99-2005-06: Mahesh Bhupathi 2002-04-08-10: Cara Black 1999-2003-08-16: Leander Paes 2006-15-16: Martina Hingis

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Australian Open
Australian Open
women's singles champions

(1969) Margaret Court (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Margaret Court (1972) Virginia Wade (1973) Margaret Court (1974) Evonne Goolagong (1975) Evonne Goolagong (1976) Evonne Goolagong (1977 (Jan)) Kerry Reid (1977 (Dec)) Evonne Goolagong (1978) Chris O'Neil (1979) Barbara Jordan (1980) Hana Mandlíková (1981) Martina Navratilova (1982) Chris Evert (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Chris Evert (1985) Martina Navratilova (1987) Hana Mandlíková (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Steffi Graf (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Monica Seles (1994) Steffi Graf (1995) Mary Pierce (1996) Monica Seles (1997) Martina Hingis (1998) Martina Hingis (1999) Martina Hingis (2000) Lindsay Davenport (2001) Jennifer Capriati (2002) Jennifer Capriati (2003) Serena Williams (2004) Justine Henin (2005) Serena Williams (2006) Amélie Mauresmo (2007) Serena Williams (2008) Maria Sharapova (2009) Serena Williams (2010) Serena Williams (2011) Kim Clijsters (2012) Victoria Azarenka (2013) Victoria Azarenka (2014) Li Na (2015) Serena Williams (2016) Angelique Kerber (2017) Serena Williams (2018) Caroline Wozniacki

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French Open
French Open
women's singles champions

(1968) Nancy Richey (1969) Margaret Court (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Evonne Goolagong (1972) Billie Jean King (1973) Margaret Court (1974) Chris Evert (1975) Chris Evert (1976) Sue Barker (1977) Mima Jaušovec (1978) Virginia Ruzici (1979) Chris Evert (1980) Chris Evert (1981) Hana Mandlíková (1982) Martina Navratilova (1983) Chris Evert (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Chris Evert (1986) Chris Evert (1987) Steffi Graf (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Arantxa Sánchez (1990) Monica Seles (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Iva Majoli (1998) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1999) Steffi Graf (2000) Mary Pierce (2001) Jennifer Capriati (2002) Serena Williams (2003) Justine Henin (2004) Anastasia Myskina (2005) Justine Henin (2006) Justine Henin (2007) Justine Henin (2008) Ana Ivanovic (2009) Svetlana Kuznetsova (2010) Francesca Schiavone (2011) Li Na (2012) Maria Sharapova (2013) Serena Williams (2014) Maria Sharapova (2015) Serena Williams (2016) Garbiñe Muguruza (2017) Jeļena Ostapenko

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Wimbledon (Open era) ladies' singles champions

(1968) Billie Jean King (1969) Ann Haydon-Jones (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Evonne Goolagong (1972) Billie Jean King (1973) Billie Jean King (1974) Chris Evert (1975) Billie Jean King (1976) Chris Evert (1977) Virginia Wade (1978) Martina Navratilova (1979) Martina Navratilova (1980) Evonne Goolagong (1981) Chris Evert (1982) Martina Navratilova (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Martina Navratilova (1986) Martina Navratilova (1987) Martina Navratilova (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Martina Navratilova (1991) Steffi Graf (1992) Steffi Graf (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Conchita Martínez (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Martina Hingis (1998) Jana Novotná (1999) Lindsay Davenport (2000) Venus Williams (2001) Venus Williams (2002) Serena Williams (2003) Serena Williams (2004) Maria Sharapova (2005) Venus Williams (2006) Amélie Mauresmo (2007) Venus Williams (2008) Venus Williams (2009) Serena Williams (2010) Serena Williams (2011) Petra Kvitová (2012) Serena Williams (2013) Marion Bartoli (2014) Petra Kvitová (2015) Serena Williams (2016) Serena Williams (2017) Garbiñe Muguruza

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US Open women's singles champions

(1968) Virginia Wade (1969) Margaret Court (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Billie Jean King (1972) Billie Jean King (1973) Margaret Court (1974) Billie Jean King (1975) Chris Evert (1976) Chris Evert (1977) Chris Evert (1978) Chris Evert (1979) Tracy Austin (1980) Chris Evert (1981) Tracy Austin (1982) Chris Evert (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Hana Mandlíková (1986) Martina Navratilova (1987) Martina Navratilova (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Gabriela Sabatini (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Martina Hingis (1998) Lindsay Davenport (1999) Serena Williams (2000) Venus Williams (2001) Venus Williams (2002) Serena Williams (2003) Justine Henin (2004) Svetlana Kuznetsova (2005) Kim Clijsters (2006) Maria Sharapova (2007) Justine Henin (2008) Serena Williams (2009) Kim Clijsters (2010) Kim Clijsters (2011) Samantha Stosur (2012) Serena Williams (2013) Serena Williams (2014) Serena Williams (2015) Flavia Pennetta (2016) Angelique Kerber (2017) Sloane Stephens

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
career statistics

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Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association (WTA) world No. 1 singles players

Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(1975/1985 – 260 w) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
(1976 – 2 w) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(1978/1987 – 331 w) Tracy Austin
Tracy Austin
(1980 – 22 w) Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(1987/1997 – 377 w) // Monica Seles
Monica Seles
(1991/1996 – 178 w) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
(1995 – 12 w) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
(1997/2001 – 209 w) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
(1998/2006 – 98 w) Jennifer Capriati
Jennifer Capriati
(2001/2002 – 17 w) Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(2002 – 11 w) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(2002/2017 – 319 w) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
(2003/2011 – 20 w) Justine Henin
Justine Henin
(2003/2008 – 117 w) Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
(2004/2006 – 39 w) Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
(2005/2012 – 21 w) Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
(2008 – 12 w) Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
(2008/2009 – 18 w) Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
(2009 – 26 w) Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
(2010/2018 – 71 w) Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
(2012/2013 – 51 w) Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
(2016/2017 – 34 w) Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
(2017 – 8 w) Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
(2017 – 4 w) Simona Halep
Simona Halep
(2017/2018 – 22 w)

WTA rankings incepted on November 3, 1975 (year first held/year last held – number of weeks (w)) current No. 1 in bold, as of week of April 2, 2018[update]

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WTA Year-end championships winners singles

(1972) Chris Evert (1973) Chris Evert (1974) Evonne Goolagong (1975) Chris Evert (1976) Evonne Goolagong (1977) Chris Evert (1978) Martina Navratilova (1979) Martina Navratilova (1980) Tracy Austin (1981) Martina Navratilova (1982) Sylvia Hanika (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Martina Navratilova (1986-1) Martina Navratilova (1986-2) Martina Navratilova (1987) Steffi Graf (1988) Gabriela Sabatini (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Monica Seles (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Gabriela Sabatini (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Jana Novotná (1998) Martina Hingis (1999) Lindsay Davenport (2000) Martina Hingis (2001) Serena Williams (2002) Kim Clijsters (2003) Kim Clijsters (2004) Maria Sharapova (2005) Amélie Mauresmo (2006) Justine Henin (2007) Justine Henin (2008) Venus Williams (2009) Serena Williams (2010) Kim Clijsters (2011) Petra Kvitová (2012) Serena Williams (2013) Serena Williams (2014) Serena Williams (2015) Agnieszka Radwańska (2016) Dominika Cibulková (2017) Caroline Wozniacki

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Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association: Top Russian female singles tennis players as of 19 March 2018

1. Daria Kasatkina
Daria Kasatkina
(11 8) 2. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
(25 2) 3. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
(27 9) 4. Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
(36 1) 5. Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
(42 1)

6. Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
(43 19) 7. Ekaterina Alexandrova
Ekaterina Alexandrova
(87 5) 8. Natalia Vikhlyantseva (88 3) 9. Evgeniya Rodina
Evgeniya Rodina
(113 2) 10. Sofya Zhuk
Sofya Zhuk
(123 13)

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Russian Cup Female Tennis
Tennis
Player of the Year

(1994–95) Elena Makarova (1996) Elena Likhovtseva (1997–98) Anna Kournikova (1999) Lina Krasnoroutskaya (2000) Olga Morozova (2001) Elena Dementieva (2002) none (2003) Anastasia Myskina (2004) none (2005–06) Maria Sharapova (2007) Anna Chakvetadze (2008–09) none (2010) Vera Zvonareva (2011) none (2012) Maria Sharapova, Maria Kirilenko, Nadia Petrova, Ekaterina Makarova (2013) Polina Shakirova (wheelchair) (2014–15) none (2016) Svetlana Kuznetsova, Viktoria Lvova (wheelchair)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 84236875 LCCN: n2007044204 ISNI: 0000 0001 1449 9621 NDL: 01025809

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