Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova (Russian Мария Юрьевна Шарапова, scientific transliteration Marija Jur'evna Šarapova, English spelling Maria Sharapova, born April 19, 1987 in Nyagan ) is a Russian tennis player and a photo model.

  • 5.1 Individual
  • 5.2 double
  • 6.1 Single
  • 6.2 double

Origin and beginnings in tennis

Scharapowas parents Yuri and Yelena left because of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in 1986 Gomel in Belarus and settled in the West Siberian Nyagan. 1989 the family moved on to Sochi, where Yuri 's father Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Aleksandr met. From this Maria Sharapova got her first tennis racket at the age of four years. She practiced first with her ​​father in a park, later met her at Jurij Jutkin. Martina Navratilova she discovered at a Sichtungsturnier in Moscow at the age of six years and recommended the parents to let their daughter in the form of Nick Bollettieri tennis camp in Florida. Father Yuri and his seven year old daughter moved 1994 to Bradenton, the mother came two years later. In 1995, the father signed a training contract with IMG. Maria Sharapova joined the tennis academy at the age of nine years.

Tennis career


Maria Sharapova won in November 2000 at the age of 13 years, the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis in the age group up to 16 years. She denied, 2001 in Sarasota, Florida, her first ITF junior tournament. In March 2002 she made her debut on the WTA Tour. She lost at Indian Wells in the second round against Monica Seles and stood in the same year five times in a row in the finals of ITF junior tournaments, of which they won the first three. The end of 2002, it ranked in the WTA world rankings at No. 186


2003 Sharapova managed their breakthrough. By qualifying for the Australian Open and the French Open, she took part in the first Grand Slam tournaments. At her first appearance at Wimbledon, she lost in the second round against Svetlana Kuznetsova. At the Japan Open in Tokyo, she won her first individual title. Another followed at the WTA tournament in Quebec. End of 2003, they finished second in the World ranking 32nd


At the Australian Open, she came up in 2004, the third round, where she defeated Anastasia Myskina. In June she won the tournament in Birmingham her third individual title and reached number 15 in the world rankings. In July, she was at Wimbledon as a set number 13 surprising in the final. There the strong nerves aufspielende 17 -year-old defeated the defending champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 and became the first Russian woman and the third youngest player in the tournament's history the most important Grand Slam tournament. Thus, she qualified for the first time for the WTA Tour Championships in mid-November in Los Angeles. In the final, she sat down again against Serena Williams ( 4:6, 6:2, 6:4 ) by and became world champion. In 2004, she won two more individual titles (Seoul, Tokyo), and advanced in the world rankings to fourth place before. However, they did not qualify for the Olympic Games in Athens.


The year 2005 was not quite as successful, despite three titles won (Tokyo, Doha and Birmingham). With three Grand Slam tournaments, they failed in the semi-finals at the French Open in the quarter- finals. At the Australian Open, she defeated Serena Williams despite match points, at the French Open, she was beaten Justine Henin at Wimbledon, she defeated Venus Williams and. At the U.S. Open in the semi-final Kim Clijsters In the semifinals of Indian Wells she defeated Lindsay Davenport even with the " maximum penalty " of 0:6, 0:6. Nevertheless, she was born on August 22, the first world number one in their country, even if at first only for a week. The semi-finals at Flushing Meadows transferred them back to the top spot, which they lost six weeks later to Lindsay Davenport. In her second WTA Tour Championships, she came into the semi-finals, which they lost to the eventual winner Amélie Mauresmo 6:71, 3:6.


The year began at first with little success. At the Australian Open she failed in the semifinals to Justine Henin at the French Open already in the second round. In Wimbledon she joined the third consecutive semi-finals, but was again defeated Mauresmo, the later winner. Her second Grand Slam victory celebrated Sharapova on 9 September 2006 at the U.S. Open with a 6-4 -, 6-4 in the final against Justine Henin. They also won at the Zurich Open and the WTA tournament in Linz. With these results, it secured the third time the ticket for the WTA Championships in Madrid. There, she was beaten in the semifinals Henin.


At the Australian Open, Sharapova was the No. 1 seedings due to the cancellation of Henin. They also reached the final, but lost to Serena Williams ( 1:6, 2:6 ) - but she was back world number one. In Tokyo, she came to the semifinals, which they had against Ana Ivanović at the score of 1:6, 1:0 to give up due to injury. After a long pause, she took in March at the tournament in Indian Wells, where she was defeated in the second round Wera Swonarewa. With this defeat, they had to give back to Henin square one. Your next tournament then played in Miami, where she succumbed to clear in the fourth round Serena Williams 1:6, 1:6. After another long injury break, she took part in the tournament in Istanbul, where they surprisingly lost their semi-final against the Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai with 2:6, 4:6. At the French Open she reached the semi-finals for the first time in her career, but was defeated Ana Ivanović clearly with 2:6, 1:6.

On her first grass tournament of the year in Birmingham reached with wins over Lilia Osterloh, Tamira Paszek, Jelena Lichowzewa and Marion Bartoli the final, which she lost to Jelena Janković 6-4, 3:6 and 5:7. At Wimbledon, Sharapova had already failed in the second round with 1:6, 3:6 to Venus Williams. In early August she won her first tournament in San Diego this year - in the final she defeated Patty Schnyder in three sets. In Los Angeles, she made ​​it to the semi-finals, when they could not compete due to injury. At the U.S. Open, she was defeated in the third round of the Polish Agnieszka Radwańska 4:6, 6:1 and 2:6. In Moscow they already lost her first match in two sets. After Venus Williams had canceled due to injury for Madrid, Sharapova moved and reached match without losing the final against the world number one Justine Henin. In a marathon match she eventually moved with 7:5, 5:7 and 3:6 the short straw.


In Melbourne, Sharapova played as fifth in the world rankings again without injury. She defeated three in the world rankings better placed players and moved to six wins without dropping a set on, among other things Lindsay Davenport ( 6:1, 6:3 ), Elena Dementieva ( 6-2, 6-0 ), Justine Henin ( 6-4, 6:0 ) and Jelena Jankovic ( 6-4, 6-1 ) to the final one. With the win ( 7-5, 6-3 ) over Ana Ivanović she secured her first Australian Open and overall third Grand Slam title.

Then she played in the Fed Cup for Russia against Israel, where she won both the singles and significantly contributed to the 4-1 win. In February, she won in Doha her second tournament of the season. In the final, she defeated her compatriot Vera Swonarjowa with 6:1, 2:6 and 6:0. The tournament in Dubai, they had to cancel due to a viral illness. At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, she reached the semi-final, which they lost in three sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Prior to this season defeat their balance sheet stood at 18-0 victories. The Sony Ericsson Open in Miami she had to cancel due to a shoulder injury. In Rome, they advanced to the semi-finals, where they could not compete because of a calf strain. On May 19, she was finally once again number one in the world, after the former world number one Henin had said earlier in the week her resignation. On June 9, Sharapova was the top position again from this time to Ana Ivanović. At Wimbledon she lost the end of June in the second round against Alla Kudrjawzewa with 2:6 and 4:6. At the Rogers Cup in Montreal she came with a win over Marta Domachowska before the last sixteen, she could not deny stemming from a torn tendon in the shoulder. A little later she announced that she would not compete at the Olympic Games in Beijing. A day later, she also said her participation in the U.S. Open from (since the Australian Open in 2003 had no Grand Slam tournament more missed ), she joined in 2008 at a tournament more.


Due to her shoulder injury, Sharapova had to cancel their participation at the Hong Kong Exhibition and the Australian Open. On March 12, she celebrated her comeback at the tournament in Indian Wells, but only in doubles, which they lost in the first round. Scharapowas first tournament after a long injury break, she played in Warsaw. At the French Open, her first Grand Slam tournament after Wimbledon in 2008, she made ​​it to the quarter-finals. At Wimbledon, she was disqualified in the second round against Gisela Dulko of. During warm-up tournament at the U.S. Open at Stanford, she reached the quarterfinals, she lost to Venus Williams. In Los Angeles they failed after wins over Jarmila Groth, Wiktoryja Azarenka, Alyona Bondarenko and Urszula Radwańska in the semifinals at the later champion Flavia Pennetta. At the Rogers Cup in Toronto she lost the final Elena Dementieva. At the U.S. Open she did not make it past the third round. Sharapova made ​​in the almost three hour long match against the USA's Melanie Oudin 21 double faults. They even attributed this to the fact that she was not able to serve the second serve with less than 95 mph. Your final comeback after shoulder injury she had then with the victory at the Toray Pan Pacific Open 2009 in Tokyo. She lay in the final against Jelena Janković 5-2 in the first set forward, as this had to retire due to a hand injury. The win pushed Sharapova back in front in the top 15 in the world rankings. During the subsequent tournament in Beijing, she was disqualified in the third round against Peng Shuai, having previously Azarenka in a longer match had been able to conquer.


The year began with a defeat at the Australian Open in the first round - the earliest exit at a Grand Slam tournament since 2003, the tournament in Memphis she was then able to win without dropping a set. . In the following tournaments in Indian Wells and Madrid, she retired again from early. In Strasbourg, she won her second title of the year against the German Kristina Barrois. At the French Open, she lost in its third round match against Justine Henin in three sets. At the tournament in Birmingham they lost the final against Li Na. At Wimbledon, she lost in the second round after a decent showing against Serena Williams short of 6:79, 4:6. The tournaments before the U.S. Open were very successful. At Stanford, she reached the finals, but that Wiktoryja Azarenka could decide for themselves. Also in the first tournament participation in Cincinnati, she reached the final. Against Kim Clijsters it was 6:2, 5:3 forward and had several match points, due to the weather but the finale had to be interrupted; finally they lost the match still 6:2, 6:74 and 2:6. At the last Grand Slam tournament of the year they defeated in the second round Caroline Wozniacki. In the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing, she left each very early.


Before the start of the season the obligation of Thomas Hogstedt was announced as an assistant coach. In her first official tournament of the season, the ASB Classic in Auckland in 2011, she lost in the quarterfinals against the Hungarian Greta Arn. After the tournament, she announced that she end a cooperation with Michael Joyce, although they have many years successfully worked with him.

At the Australian Open she came to Tamarine Tanasugarn wins over (6:1 and 6:3 ), Virginie Razzano ( 7:63 and 6:3 ) and Julia Goerges ( 4:6, 6:4, 6:4 ) to the second round, where she defeated Andrea Petkovic of Germany with 2:6 and 3:6. In Indian Wells, Sharapova reached the semifinals, where she defeated the world number one Caroline Wozniacki with 1:6 and 2:6. So she reached for the first time since February 2009, the top 10 of the WTA world rankings. In Miami she beat Alexandra Dulgheru in the quarter-finals in the longest match of her career (3 hours and 28 minutes). The final against Azarenka, she lost in straight sets. Their first competition on sand they played in Madrid, where she was defeated in the second round Dominika Cibulková. In the WTA tournament in Rome, she contested the final and defeated Samantha Stosur there.

In the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, the French Open, she came by a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Andrea Petkovic for the second time in her career in the semi-finals, where they later champion Li Na 4: 6 and 5:7 defeated. This tournament also marked the end of Scharapowas most successful clay court season (twelve wins and just two defeats). She stood Thanks to these results back to World Ranking position six.

Their first competition played on grass at Wimbledon Sharapova then, where she reached the finals with two- set victories over Anna Chakvetadze, Laura Robson, Klara Zakopalová, Shuai Peng, Dominika Cibulková and Sabine Lisicki, the Czech Petra Kvitová it against the 3:6 and 4: 6 lost. Thus they improved to fifth in the world rankings - their highest ever position since the comeback from her shoulder injury. Their first warm-up tournament for the U.S. Open was the tournament in Stanford, where she lost her quarter-final against Serena Williams. In Toronto they surprisingly lost in the third round against Galina Woskobojewa. A week later, in Cincinnati, she won the title with a playoff victory over Jelena Janković. At the U.S. Open itself, they surprisingly lost in the third round against Flavia Pennetta. Despite the early exit could be improved in the world rankings on position two. In tournament in Tokyo, she had to give up and cancel the tournament in Beijing due to an ankle injury in the quarter- final against the Czech Petra Kvitová. Due to the good results they failed to qualify for the first time since 2007 for the WTA Tour Championships. In the now discharged in Istanbul tournament Sharapova came but after losing to Li Na and Samantha Stosur does not have the preliminaries out. The year 2011, she finished fourth in the world rankings.


In preparation for the Australian Open tournament in Brisbane was planned, but she canceled due to their ankle injury. At the Australian Open, Sharapova was even over, placed at number 4, the first rounds without problems. She beat Gisela Dulko, among others, the German Angelique Kerber and in round four with Sabine Lisicki another German, which earned her the first set loss at this tournament. The final against Wiktoryja Azarenka, Sharapova lost smooth with 3:6, 0:6. After the Australian Open, Sharapova played for Russia in the Fed Cup and won a match against Spain. After Sharapova played the indoor tournament in Paris and lost in the quarterfinals against eventual winner Angelique Kerber. Before the next tournament Sharapova participated in the BNP Paribas Showdown part and won against Caroline Wozniacki. At the tournament in Indian Wells, Sharapova reached after the tournament victory in 2006 their best result and made ​​it to the final against Azarenka Wiktoryja. A week later, Sharapova made ​​it for the fourth time after 2005, 2006 and 2011 finals at the tournament in Miami. As with the last finals in Miami earlier this final Sharapova lost also, this time against the Pole Agnieszka Radwanska with 5:7 and 4:6. Since Berlin 2005, Sharapova played at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart for the first time in Germany. During the tournament, she beat three players in the top 5 in the world rankings. In the quarter-final match against Samantha Stosur she resisted, among other things from a match point and went on to win in three sets 6:7, 7:6 and 7:5. In the semifinals she beat Petra Kvitova and Azarenka in the final Wiktoryja with 6:1 and 6:4. At the tournament in Madrid, Sharapova was eliminated in the quarterfinals, but she could defend her title from last year in the tournament in Rome. You defeated in the final Li Na 4:6, 6:4 and 7:6 ( 7:5 ) and fought there, as well as in Stuttgart, a match from. At the French Open in 2012, Sharapova was the first time the finals, where they met the surprise of the tournament, the Italian Sara Errani. She defeated Errani in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 and thus won for the first time at Roland Garros. Thus Sharapova completed her career Grand Slam; earlier, she had already won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. With their finals Sharapova also came after more than four years back to the top of world rankings. After the defeat in the second round of Wimbledon against Sabine Lisicki Sharapova lost after a month the top position again Wiktoryja Azarenka and dropped back to third place in the WTA world rankings. Shortly before the Olympic Games in London was announced that Sharapova will lead the Russian delegation at the opening ceremony as the flag bearer. It was her first participation in the Olympic Games, in which she came straight into the final of the Olympic tennis tournament. There she met Serena Williams, against which they lost 0:6 and 1:6 with smooth and thus won the silver medal for Russia. Due to a gastrointestinal infection had Sharapova preparing tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati to cancel and fell in the rankings back in third place. At the U.S. Open she reached the semi-finals, the best result after the tournament victory in 2006. In the semifinals, however, they had to concede defeat Wiktoryja Azarenka. At the tournament in Tokyo, Sharapova reached the quarterfinals in Beijing, the final, which she lost to Azarenka. Up to the WTA Championships climbed back to No. 2 in the world rankings. There they drew without losing the semi-finals, where they then world number one beat Azarenka in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. In the final, but was defeated itself in two sets 4:6 3:6 and against a superior Serena Williams.


Sharapova has very powerful shots from the baseline, it can play with a good angle. She plays safe on the backhand and can earn points particularly successful with its strong forehand. Instead of the traditional volleys or Schmetterballs they often play a curved volley when it comes to the grid, or attacks on praise. Other notable blows from her repertoire are the backhand slice and stop their balls, they increasingly used since 2008.

Sharapova has despite its taller than a good speed and footwork.

At the beginning of her career were Scharapowas serves as a particularly powerful and dangerous and were among the best on the WTA Tour. Since early 2007, their impact was less effective as they are because of their shoulder injury more errors on the first charge and thus also produced more double faults. In response, Sharapova changed her whipping process towards a shorter swing. Since this was without the expected success, she returned to the U.S. Open in 2009 back to their original technique and served since then even more powerful. Your fastest impact speed was 195 km / h

It is considered very annoying and strong-willed fighter. For her loud moans during the rally, Sharapova is often criticized by the media and her opponents while she considers this to themselves as natural reflex.

In fact unreachable balls on the backhand Sharapova sometimes uses his left hand for an emergency stroke since they played at the beginning of their tennis training with the left hand before she decided to play with the right.

Records and statistics

  • Maria Sharapova became the second Russian woman a Grand Slam tournament - the first was Anastasia Myskina, who won the French Open on June 3, 2004. On July 4, 2004, ie only 32 days later, Sharapova won Wimbledon. They became the first Russian woman to individual title at the most important Grand Slam tournament, where he was the third-youngest winner of the tournament's history. She is also one of only ten women who managed to win each of the four Grand Slam tournaments at least once.
  • On August 22, 2005, she was the No. 1 WTA and thus the first world number one in their country.
  • Through their 0:6 - 0:6 defeat in the semifinals of Indian Wells against the former world number one Lindsay Davenport, Sharapova went 2005 into the history books: the first player of the top 3 in the world rankings, she lost a match without being able to win a game.
  • In 2008, Sharapova succeeded after 2005 again the leap to the top of the world rankings. After her finals at the French Open in 2012, she returned 11 June 2012 once again back to the top of world rankings.
  • With titles in Australia and Doha, the two victories in the Fed Cup and the semi-finals in Indian Wells, Sharapova was achieved with 18 wins in a row, the longest winning streak of her career.
  • Sharapova won the Australian Open 2013 in two consecutive rounds each with 6:0 and 6:0. Since Wendy Turnbull in 1985 she was the first tennis player, who achieved this.

Tournament Win



Career statistics and tournament balance


Legend: S = tournament victory; F, HF, VF, AF = finals / semifinals / quarterfinals / knockout stages; 1, 2, 3 = eliminated in the first / second / third main round; RR = Round Robin ( Group Stage ); n a = not discharged; a K. = other category; PO ( Playoff) = promotion and relegation round of Fed Cup; K1, K2, K3 = participation in the Continental Group I, II, III in the Fed Cup.

Were considered the tournaments Tier I ( to 2008), or the tournaments of categories Premier Mandatory and Premier 5 ( since 2009).


Model and advertising contracts

The Russian was compared soon after their first appearances of the press with Anna Kournikova. In contrast, Marija Sharapova kept and referred to its sporting successes. Regardless, she signed a contract in November 2003 at the world's largest modeling agency IMG Models. In November 2006, she campaigned for the U.S. glossy magazine Sports Illustrated. In January 2007, she appeared on the cover of U.S. magazine Teenvogue. According to Sport Bild Sharapova earned through advertising contracts 20 million U.S. dollars in 2007 alone, making it the highest-paid athlete in the world. In January 2010, she graduated with a Nike doped with 70 million U.S. dollars advertising contract (duration: 8 years).


  • 2006 Maxim Woman of the Year ( Sports )


In October 2010, Sharapova became engaged to the basketball player Saša Vujacic. In spring 2012 the couple separated. Currently, Marija Sharapova is in a relationship with the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, tennis pro.