Concerned about the regional effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident , they left their homeland shortly before Maria was born. When she was 4, she hit the first tennis ball, and that's the thing she have a special place in her heart. 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. Aleksandr gave Sharapova her first tennis racquet in when she was four, whereupon she began practicing regularly with her father at a local park. She then was offered a deal from IMG which forced her to change academies. 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 and Wimbledon in
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The Maria Sharapova show closes early at Wimbledon this year but business still booms
Maria Sharapova The first clue was her trainers: Walking on to the SW19 practice courts on Monday, the message was clear: On Tuesday, the sound of her decibel grunts once again rang out across the courts of Wimbledon although quite why they should be considered any more offensive than a man constantly plucking his shorts out of his backside, I have no idea. On Tuesday she seemed tense - shooting pained looks at her team, biting her lip and at one point seeming close to tears, as her early confidence seemed to drain away. Wimbledon in pictures It is her bloody single-mindedness that has long characterised Sharapova - not known for being the most popular player on tour. Arrogant, conceited and cold.
Well, she's most known for being one of the best tennis players in the world. In honor of one of the greatest female athletes , here are the 13 best Maria Sharapova pictures, videos and GIFs, ranked by hotness. Although she is one of several female athletes who were caught cheating , Maria Sharapova is still one of the hottest women in tennis.