Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player who currently ranks 103 in the WTA rankings. She was once ranked the world's number 1 women tennis player in 2005 after she started competing in WTA in 2001. She has won 5 Grand Slams and 35 WTA titles.
Sharapova has an estimated net worth of $195 million.
Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Russian SFSR. Her parents Yuri and Yelena are from Gomel, Belarussian SSR. They left their hometown due to the nuclear accident in 1986 shortly before her birth. When Sharapova was two, her family moved to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia in 1989.
Junior and early career
At the age of six, Sharapova attended a tennis clinic in Moscow in 1993. Her family later traveled to the USA in 1994 for her tennis career. In 1995, she was signed by IMG, who agreed to pay the annual tuition fee of $35,000 for Sharapova to stay at the Academy, allowing her to finally enroll at the age of 9.
Sharapova first success hit the tennis court in November 2000 when she won the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships in the girls' 16 division at the age of just 13. She was awarded the Rising Star Award, which is awarded only to players of exceptional promise.
She started her professional career on April 19, 2001, appearing in her first WTA tournament at the age of 14 and later appeared in Pacific Life Open in 2002. Sharapova reached No. 6 in the ITF junior world singles ranking on October 21, 2002. Sharapova won her first Wimbledon title by defeating the top seed and defending champion Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam singles title, which made her the third-youngest woman to win the Wimbledon title in 2004.
Sharapova won back-to-back tournaments, the Toray Pan Pacific Open and the Qatar Total Open, allowing her to reach number 3 in the world rankings for the first time in 2005. She couldn't give continuity to his career because of her shoulder injury and it took many years for the recovery.
She was back into her tracks in 2012 regaining the world's number 1 title by winning a Grand Slam title after defeating the world's number 1 Victoria Azarenka. She was further troubled by her shoulder injury in 2013, she couldn't perform well that following year. She gave a great comeback in 2014 winning the French Open. She is recently ranked as no 103 as of September 11, 2017.
Sharapova dated the Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine for a short time in 2005 after they met at her 18th birthday party. The couple dated for a year and ended up. The same year, she was also rumored to have an affair with the American tennis player Andy Roddick but broke up with him in 2006. Moreover, she dated Charlie Ebersol in 2008.
Sharapova was in a relationship with basketball player Sasha Vujacic in 2009 and engaged to him in 2010. But due to certain complications, the couple called off their engagement in 2012. Later, in 2012 she began dating Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. The two confirmed their relationship after the 2013 Madrid Open. However, Sharapova and Dimitrov ended their relationship in July 2015.
Net Worth and Endorsements
Russian professional tennis player and model Maria Sharapova has an estimated net worth of $195 million as of 2017. Sharapova has earned $285 million during her career and cemented herself as the world’s highest-paid female athlete for 11 years running. She has racked up $37 million in prize money during her career, which is second-best of all-time, but it is not half as much as Williams earned from winnings.
Sharapova’s career earnings from endorsements, exhibitions, and royalties are near to $250 million. According to Forbes, she made a total of $285 million in her professional career, including prize money.
Sharapova owns a lavish house in Longboat, Florida. She sold her Manhattan house for $5.25 million. She has several cars including Range Rover, Porche etc.