Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who owns 36 WTA and four ITF. Sharapova started to exhibit her talent at the age of 13 when she won the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championship in the girls' 16 division. Maria Sharapova’s net worth of $275 million makes her the highest-paid female athlete in the world.
However, Sharapova's earnings have taken a downturn since that year as Nike sold Maria’s line of shoes, Cole Haan, in 2013. Under Nike, Sharapova received hefty royalties from her shoe line.
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Maria Sharapova also owns a candy company named as Sugarpova. Maria was so much into the name Sugarpova that she almost changed her surname to "Sugarpova".
Maria Sharapova's Career
Maria started to play the full season in her career from 2003. She was able to make a spot in the top 50 by the end of the year. She also got her first WTA title in the Japan Open Tennis Championship. The WTA awarded Sharapova as the Newcomer of the Year.
Sharapova got her place in the top 20 on the WTA world ranking in 2004. She defeated the player at the 10th with a straight-sets win over world No.10. Sharapova also captured the title at the Wimbledon warm-up DFS Classic for the third time. Sharapova won her first Grand Slam singles title by defeating the defending Serena champion Williams in 2004.
Sharapova and Serena Williams
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Sharapova won the World No. 1 rank on August 22, 2005. She is the first Russian women to get that title. However, after one week, Davenport reclaimed the rank. Later in September, she again got the No. 1 rank which she held for six weeks.
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Sharapova was suspended from her tennis career for two years in 2016 by the International Tennis Federation. The reason behind her suspension is that she failed a drug test. The Court mentioned that
she had committed "no significant fault" and that she had taken the substance "based on a doctor's recommendation [...] with good faith belief that it was appropriate and compliant with the relevant rules"
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