Maria Sharapova born in Nyagan, Russia in April 19, 1987. Maria's Parents originally moved to Russia from Homiel, Belarus in 1986 after the Chernobyl nuclear dissaster.
Later Maria Sharapova was spotted by tennis legend Martina Navratilova at a tennis clinic in Mascow and advised her parents to give Maria serious coaching in US. Hence young Maria Sharapova moved to US with her father, to get professional tennis training.
Maria Sharapova lives in Bradenton, Florida, USA and holds Russian Citizenship.
Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004, defeating Serena Williams - defending two-time champion in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. Thus Maria Sharapova become the first Russian ever to win Wimbledon and the third youngest Wimbledon women's champion and also the second youngest in the Open Era.