Born: 04.19.1987 | Nyagan, Russia
Height: 6'2" (1.88 m)
Weight: 130 lbs. (59 kg)
Plays: Right-handed, Two-handed backhand
Turned Pro: 2001
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States resident since 1994, 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 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. Her 36 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the 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.
Sharapova, however, has had her missteps. In 2016 Sharapova failed a drug test following the Australian Open where she tested positive for meldonium, a substance that had been added to the banned substance list on January 1st, 2016. The failed drug test earned her a 2-year suspension that was later reduced to 15 months.
Despite an injury-prone career and 15 moths of suspension, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in the women's game. She has won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015 and won another one in 2017, 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 calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.