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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova

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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova

  1. 1. Maria Yuryevna Sharapova.
  2. 2. • Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987 in Nyagan. Her parents, Yuri and Elena, are from Gomel, Belarus.
  3. 3. • When Sharapova was two, the family moved to Sochi. She took her first tennis lessons with veteran Russian coach Yuri Yutkin, who was instantly impressed when he saw her play, noting her "exceptional hand-eye coordination."
  4. 4. • ." With money tight, Yuri borrowed the summer that would enable him and his daughter, neither of whom could speak English, to travel to the United States, which they finally did in 1994.
  5. 5. • Following her Wimbledon win, attention and interest in Sharapova in the media greatly increased, a rise in popularity dubbed "Maria Mania."
  6. 6. • She won three of six matches in her preparations for the US Open. Playing her first singles tournament in nearly ten months, Sharapova made the quarterfinals of the clay-court Warsaw Open in May, losing to finalist Alona Bondarenko
  7. 7. • Sharapova then played at Wimbledon as the 24th seed. She was upset in the second round by Gisela Dulko in three sets. Sharapova enjoyed considerable success in the summer months, reaching the quarterfinals at the Bank of the West Classic, the semifinals at the LA Women's Tennis Championships, and finishing runnerup at the Rogers Cup to Elena Dementieva.
  8. 8. The End.

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