Thursday, August 25, 2005
Bold & Beauty Sharapova
Maria Sharapova has recently gone to No.1 stage in Women’s Tennis.
Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987 in Nyagan, Russia. Six feet tall, muscular and blonde, Sharapova turned pro in 2001 at the young age of 14. The tennis prodigy and her father had moved from Russia to Florida when she was nine so that Sharapova could study at the tennis academy of Nick Bollettieri. Sharapova steadily worked her way up through the pro ranks, claiming her first WTA victory at the 2003 AIG Japan Open.
In the year 2003 she was voted one of the "coolest girls" in America, Sharapova rapidly rises up the rankings. She makes her grand slam debut in the Australian Open and also qualifies for the French Open. Then, after reaching the semi-finals at Edgbaston, she progresses to the fourth round at Wimbledon, the best-ever performance by a female wild card.
In 2004 Sharapova stunned the tennis world by defeating defending champion Serena Williams in the singles finals at Wimbledon to win the prestigious tournament at age 17.
Sharapova's name is pronounced sha-ra-POH-vuh... She also has been called the Queen of Screams for her habit of grunting loudly while hitting the ball. According to the WTA Tour website, Sharapova Enjoys reading books in the Sherlock Holmes and Pippi Longstocking series.
By winning her second Birmingham title in 2005, Sharapova has a 17-match winning streak on grass (dating back to June 2004)
Maria Sharapova has become the first Russian to be the top-ranked player in women's tennis.
The 18-year-old has replaced American Lindsay Daveport at the top of the WTA rankings, having won three tournaments this year. But many may view her rise to the top as a result of circumstance rather than her form this year, as the current injury to Davenport comes after fellow top players Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Serena Williams all had similar problems.
That will matter little to the Siberia-born, US-raised Sharapova, however, who will now receive some comfort after seeing her Wimbledon title taken from her by Venus Williams, who beat her in the semi-final this year.
The 18 year-old hot player is on the World’s eye.