(Professional) Athlete of the Month: Maria Sharapova


maria sharapova playing tennis. courtesy of Tatiana

Kenneth Yaganov

Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player who won five Grand Slam titles and the Wimbledon tournament in 2004. She was also the runner-up at the US Open in 2006 and 2008 and at the Australian Open in 2005 and 2007.

She has been ranked world No 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three separate occasions (2004-05, 2006-07, and 2008). Sharapova has won 23 WTA singles titles overall and her career prize money stands at $36 million as of June 2015

Maria Sharapova was born in Nyagan, Russia on April 19, 1987. She started playing tennis at the age of four and has been doing so ever since. She began taking lessons from her father, Yuri Sharapov, who was also an accomplished player.

When she was nine years old, Sharapova competed in her first professional tournament and won it! This success led her to travel around Europe competing in more tournaments–and winning them all. Her talents were recognized by many people including world-renowned tennis star Andre Agassi who helped mentor Maria during this time period. His coaching helped sharpen her skills as well as build confidence in herself as an athlete and competitor.”

Maria Sharapova is one of the most successful tennis players in history. She won five Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon in 2004 and the US Open in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2014.

She also won an Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

There are a number of things that make Maria Sharapova’s serve so effective. First and foremost, she has power behind her serves. She can hit them as hard as anyone in the world, even after playing for hours on end and being exhausted from all the physical exertion involved in playing tennis matches every day.

 She has great accuracy with her serves; they rarely go out of bounds or land outside the square area where players must stand when serving. This allows her opponents less time to react before returning their own shots back into play during points played against each other by two opposing players competing against one another simultaneously using their respective rackets while standing opposite one another along opposite sides of an imaginary line bisecting court space into halves; this line is called “center court” because it divides each half equally between them so neither player holds an advantage over another due to having more space available than their opponent does.

Maria Sharapova’s career has been nothing but remarkable. Despite facing many obstacles, including injuries and a big scandal, she has remained one of the most recognizable and influential figures in the world of tennis. Her fierce determination and competitive spirit have earned her numerous accolades and a legion of fans around the globe. As she moves on to the next chapter of her life, we can only imagine what other great achievements she will accomplish. One thing is for certain: Maria Sharapova’s legacy will continue to inspire generations of athletes for years to come.