Maria Sharapova Date Of Birth: April 19, 1987 – Famous April Birthdays
March 29, 2012 by staff
Maria Sharapova Date Of Birth: April 19, 1987 – Famous April Birthdays, Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player and former world no. 1. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has won 24 WTA singles titles, including three Grand Slam singles titles at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open.
She has also won the year-end WTA Tour Championships in 2004. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked Sharapova world no. 1 in singles on four separate occasions. She became the world no. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, and last regained the ranking for the fourth time on May 19, 2008. As of March 19, 2012, Sharapova is ranked world no. 2. She has been in six Grand Slam finals with the final record 3-3.
Sharapova made her professional breakthrough in 2004 at age 17, when she defeated two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final for her first Grand Slam singles title. She entered the top 10 of the WTA Rankings with the win.
Despite not winning a major in 2005, Sharapova briefly held the no. 1 ranking, and reached three Grand Slam semifinals, losing to the eventual champion each time. She won her second major at the 2006 US Open defeating then-world no. 1 Amélie Mauresmo in the semifinals and world no. 2 Justine Henin in the final.
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