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Maria Sharapova

Gender:  Female

Birthdate: 4/19/1987
Height: 6' (183cm)
Residence: Bradenton, Florida, USA
Weight: 130lbs (59 kg)
Plays: Right-handed
Turned Pro: 2001.4

Career Review
Singles Record: 99-30
Singles Titles: 8
Double Titles: 3
Prize Money: $1,471,510
2002 - ITF/Gunma-JPN, ITF/Vancouver-CAN,ITF/Peachtree City-USA
2003 - Tokyo [Japan Open], Quebec City
2004 - Birmingham, Wimbledon 


Tokyo [Japan Open](w/Tanasugarn),
Luxembourg (w/Tanasugarn)
2004  Birmingham(w/Kirilenko) 
January - As world No. 32 and No. 28 seed, l. 3r at Australian Open in 3s to No. 7 Myskina (No. 6 seed). 

February - As world No. 27 at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], d. No. 135 WC Yoshida before l. 2r to No. 32 Hantuchova (No. 8 seed); on February 16, cracked world Top 25 at No. 25; as world No. 25 at Memphis, reached SF before l. to No. 12 top-seed and eventual champion Zvonareva; reached Memphis doubles final w/Zvonareva; reached career-high world No. 22 on February 23.

March - At Indian Wells, as world No. 24 and No. 16 seed with a 1r bye, l. 4r to No. 5 Myskina (No. 4 seed); as world No. 23 and No. 17 seed with a 1r bye, d. No. 50 Asagoe and No. 19 Smashnova-Pistolesi (No. 13 seed), l. 4r to former world No. 1 top-seed, two-time defending and eventual three-peat champion S.Williams (using a SR of No. 2). 

April - Entered world Top 20 on April 5 at No. 19 (one of six Russians that week in Top 20). 

May - At Berlin, as world No. 22 and No. 17 seed, reached 3r before l. 57 64 61 to former world No. 1 Capriati (current No. 8 and No. 6 seed); as world No. 19 at Rome, upset No. 10 Dementieva (No. 6 seed with a 1r bye) in her opening match, l. 3r to No. 16 Farina Elia (No. 10 seed); at Roland Garros, as world No. 20 and No. 18 seed, upset No. 13 compatriot Zvonareva (No. 10 seed) en route to first Grand Slam QF appearance (only sixth Grand Slam overall); by reaching Roland Garros QF-round with eventual finalist Dementieva and eventual champion Myskina, marked first time in Open Era that three Russian women advanced to a Grand Slam QF. 

June - Swept singles and doubles titles at Birmingham (for second sweep in career following 2003 Tokyo [Japan Open]); after entering world Top 20 two months earlier, broke into Top 15 on June 7 at No. 15, the same week she won Birmingham as No. 3 seed (d. No. 71 Golovin in final), her third WTA Tour singles title (third appearance in a final, first title on grass and first title of season); singles final was third youngest in Open Era with champion Sharapova at 17 years, 2 months and Golovin at 16 years, 5 months for a combined age of 33 years, 7 months, behind 1991 San Diego (33 years, 0 months) - champion Capriati (15 years, 4 months) d. Seles (17 years, 8 months) and 1980 Tampa (33 years, 4 months) - champion Jaeger (15 years, 5 months) d. Austin (17 years, 11 months); won Birmingham doubles w/Kirilenko as a WC team; withdrew from Eastbourne for rest and recovery; won Wimbledon (in career-first Grand Slam final) as world No. 15 and No. 13 seed, eliminating two former No. 1s back-to-back: current No. 5 1999 champion Davenport in SF (Davenport led led 62 31) and current No. 10 two-time defending champion S.Williams in the final, becoming the second youngest ladies singles champion (first-ever Russian) in Open Era (at 17 years, 2 months) after Hingis (at 16 years, 9 months in 1997).

July - On July 5, surpassed $1 million in single-season prize money and broke into Top 10 at No. 8; withdrew from Los Angeles for rest and recovery; at San Diego, as world No. 8 and No. 6 seed, reached QF before l. in straight sets to No. 5 countrywoman Myskina (No. 3 seed)

August - At Montreal [Canadian Open], as a world No. 8 WC and No. 6 seed, was eliminated in 3r in 3s by No. 14 Zvonareva (No. 10 seed); at New Haven, at a career-high world No. 7 and seeded No. 4 with a 1r bye, was upset in opening match by No. 81 WC Washington 
Coached by her father and Robert Lansdorp,Started hitting tennis balls at age four;
Off-court interests include fashion, singing, jazz dancing and movies.
Enjoys reading books in the Sherlock Holmes and Pippi Longstocking series.
Favors Russian music and food, Russian food (except for Italian bread). 

(chinaopen.cn September 10, 2004)

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