Maria Sharapova Amazing athletic skills combined with angelic beauty – these are just some of the traits that made Maria Yuryevna Sharapova a champion on and off the tennis court. Born April 19, 1987 under the Aries sign, this Russian bombshell was a former World No. 1 of her country, and achieved multiple tennis awards including 22 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles and 3 Grand Slam singles titles in Wimbledon, US, and Australian Open. In a career marred by many serious injuries, Maria used her Aries strong-willed and full of energy traits to overcome obstacles of her illustrious career. Since her shoulder injury in 2008, she has never finished well in all the tournaments she entered and has not recovered her championship form.
At an early age of seven, Sharapova discovered high interest with the sport while attending a tennis clinic in Moscow. Experiencing poverty that time, her father borrowed money to enable his daughter to pursue a tennis career in America. Although Visa restrictions prevented Sharapova's mother from joining them, Maria and her father arrived in USA on 1994. Showing growing potential in the sport, IMG invested in her and agreed to pay Sharapova’s tennis lessons and annual tuition fee amounting to $35,000. After several years of hard training, Sharapova shot to fame when she upset two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon at age 17.
Because of her charming personality and beauty queen appearance, Sharapova's profile extended beyond the tennis courts. Using Aries’ high passion and energy, she signed multi-million modeling assignments with several global beauty companies and was featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She also became product endorser of Nike, Prince, Canon, as well as the face of many fashion houses like Cole Haan.
Although she was the most searched athlete on Yahoo! in both 2005 and 2008, Maria remained down to earth and continued her charity works. She was appointed as United Nations Development Project Goodwill Ambassador for Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme.
During the peak of her career, she was linked to several celebrities like heartthrob pop singer Enrique Iglesias. Due to the fact that Aries is regarded for strong sexual urge, Sharapova’s provocative music video with him made her Tennis’ sex symbol. After her split-up with Enrique, she dated NBA basketball player Sasha Vujačić for a year before marrying him on 2010.