As of 2021 Maria Sharapova Net Worth is $196 million. She is a Rusian professional tennis player in the WTA who inspires wonders and encourages young ones, especially girls, to infuse passion as well as hard work in whatever chosen field of career.
Sharapova is one of the greatest sportswomen the game of tennis has known. Earning accolades as well as breaking records, Sharapova is one few women as well as the only Rusian who holds the Grand Slam. We journey into the life of this great sports character in our Maria Sharapova biography facts, childhood and personal life.
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Maria Sharapova – Quick Facts
|Full name||Maria Yuryevna|
|Native name||Мария Юрьевна Шарапова|
|Residence||Bradenton, Florida, U.S.|
|Born||19 April 1987 (age 33)|
Nyagan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Turned pro||19 April 2001|
|Retired||26 February 2020|
|Prize money||US$ 38,777,962 3rd all-time in earnings|
|Career record||645–171 (79.0%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (August 22, 2005)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (2008)|
|French Open||W (2012, 2014)|
|US Open||W (2006)|
|Tour Finals||W (2004)|
|Olympic Games||F (2012)|
|Career record||23–17 (57.5%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 41 (June 14, 2004)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2003, 2004, 2008)|
|US Open||2R (2003)|
|Career record||2–1 (66.7%)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||QF (2004)|
|Fed Cup||W (2008)|
|Medal record |
Representing RussiaOlympic Games2012 LondonSingles
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|Last updated on: 2021|
Maria Sharapova – Early Life
Maria Sharapova was born on 19 April 1987 to her mother, Yelena Sharapova and father, Yuri Sharapova, in the Nyagan town of Russia.
Sharapova’s interest in Tennis was one which was noticed by her father’s friend Aleksandr Kafelnikov who handed her the first racquet she’s owned at the tender age of four. Aleksandr’s son was Russia’s first world title after claiming several Grandslams. Her unusual and brilliant style of play was noticed also by the coach (Yuri Yutkin) who taught Sharapova her first Tennis lesson.
When Sharapova turned six, she began taking Tennis classes at a Tennis clinic. On seeing Sharapova progress, they recommended she attended IMG Academy, Florida for her professional training. Despite not having sufficient funds, her determined father (Yuri Sharapova) borrowed money in order to see his little girl get the best Tennis training to compete in the major league.
Upon her arrival to Florida, Yuri resorted to menial jobs, to sponsor his little girl’s Tennis classes, pending the time she was of age to enrol in the Academy. Before she attended Academy, Sharapova trained with the Rick Macci Tennis Academy. However after signing with IMG, Sharapova discontinued her session with Rick Macci.
Maria Sharapova Personal Life
Maria Sharapova announced herself to the tennis world as a 17-year-old, beating Serena Williams to win Wimbledon in 2004. She has since gone on to claim another four Grand Slam titles, before calling time on her career.
Sharapova revealed in an article with Vanity Fair that she was “saying goodbye” to tennis due to ongoing injury problems.
And her boyfriend Alexander Gilkes took social media to pay tribute to the Russian star.He wrote on Instagram [sic]: “To the kindest and most professional person I know, here is to you Maria, and all that awaits you in your next chapter!
“May you continue to inspire us all with your deep humility, self-depreciation, strength and focus.
“As a remarkable first chapter closes with so many extraordinary fetes, we look forward to all that you will accomplish with equal grit in the years to come. “Proudly and lovingly, xx.”
Who is Alexander Gilkes?
Gilkes is a 40-year-old businessman from London.He is the co-founder and president of Paddle8, an online auction house specialising in fine art and collectables.
Gilkes and Sharapova were first pictured together at Los Angeles’ LAX airport in January 2018.They were spotted at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills a few months later and the pair now appear regularly together in public.
Gilkes celebrated his 40th birthday last summer in Andalusia, Spain, with girlfriend Sharapova among the attendees.The tennis star donned a flamenco dress and shared pictures on her Instagram account with the message: “A weekend for the record books. Happy Birthday.”
Sharapova’s boyfriend was just one of many to share kind words on social media.One fan wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations on a fantastic career and good luck for your next chapter.”
Maria Sharapova Tennis Career
Maria made her professional debut on her 14th birthday (April 19, 2001). When she was 15, she played in the final of the Australian Open Junior tournament, making her the youngest person to reach the final, and continued to compete amongst her peers, finishing second in the Wimbledon and reaching the third round of French Open (Junior) in 2002.
Maria bagged her first WTA title at the 2003 AIG Japan Open and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in her first attempt during the same year. The following year was successful for her as she won the singles title at Wimbledon and became Russia’s First Female Wimbledon Champion. In late 2004, Maria added the WTA Championship title to her belt of achievements.
The same year, she claimed her first Grand Slam singles title at the Wimbledon Championships. She announced herself on the world stage by defeating top-seeded Serena Williams. Maria became the first Russian woman to climb to the top rankings of the sport in 2005 and the following year claimed her second Grand Slam title with a win at the 2006 US Open, defeating Justine Henin.
Sharapova was slowed down in 2007 and 2008 due to shoulder problems, although she managed to win her third Grand Slam title with an impressive performance at the 2008 Australian Open. She underwent shoulder surgery in October and eventually dropped out of the top 100 until returning to singles action in May 2009. Maria struggled to regain her consistency against key female players, but she came back in the top 20 at the end of 2009. She finished at the No. 4 rank in the world in 2011 as she was a Wimbledon finalist that year.
She made a comeback by defeating Sara Errani in the final of the 2012 French Open in June 2012. The win made her just the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam by winning all the four major tournaments that allowed her to retake the world’s No. 1 ranking.
At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, she made her Olympic debut where she won a silver medal in women’s singles, losing a gold medal to Serena Williams. Maria continued to play well in subsequent majors and concluded with the 2nd position at the 2013 French Open. Although her shoulder problems again took a toll, and even after a disappointing second-round defeat at Wimbledon, she withdrew from action for the rest of the season.
Gaining momentum in 2014, Maria defeated Simona Halep to win her second 2014 French Open and fifth overall Grand Slam title. In 2015, she reached the final of the Australian Open and semi-finals of the US Open, before being ranked No. 4.
However, due to some tough times and doping charges, she did not participate in the tournament until 2017.
Maria made her comeback at the 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on April 26. She won her first WTA title after the two years at the Tianjin Open in the same year in October. She struggled to make her way back into the Top 30 in 2018 but her performance in the quarterfinals at the French Open was one of the best moments of the year.
The former champion struggled to stay competitive after advancing to the fourth round of the 2019 Australian Open as her performance was hampered by persistent physical issues.On February 26, 2020, a month after her first-round defeat at the 2020 Australian Open, she announced her retirement through an essay in the Vanity Fair magazine.
Accolades and Achievements
- Became the first Russian woman to win Wimbledon and earned a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics
- Has a total of 36 WTA singles titles
- Became the First female Flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympics
- Became the First Torchbearer in the lighting ceremony of 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia
- In 2003, she was awarded the Russian Cup Newcomer of the Year and WTA Newcomer of the Year
- Won the finals of 2004 WTA Tour Championships against Serena Williams
- In 2004, she was awarded the WTA Player of the Year and WTA Most Improved Player of the Year
- Became the First Russian Woman to gain the World No. 1 Ranking in 2005
- Awarded the ESPY Best Female Tennis Player in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012
- Awarded the Russian Cup Female Tennis Player of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2012
- Became the ESPY Best International Female Athlete in 2007
- In 2010, she received the WTA Humanitarian of the Year, WTA Most Fashionable Player (On & Off Court both) and WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player awards
- She was only the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam with a win at the 2012 French Open
- Awarded the Medal of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland in 2012 and 2016
Social Media Reach
Instagram– 4.1m followers
Twitter– 8.6m followers