Maria Sharapova Trivia

  • Maria Sharapova
    • Famous as : Tennis player
    • Birth Name : Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
    • Birth Date : April 19, 1987
    • Birth Place : Nyagan, Siberia, Russia
    • Spouse : -
    • Claim to Fame : The 2nd youngest Wimbledon women's champion in the Open Era (2004)
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  • Was chosen as the first global brand ambassador for mobile communications firm Sony Ericsson (January 2008).
  • Voted the 7th World's Most Eligible Bachelorette by FHM Magazine in February 2007.
  • Ranked #8 on FHM Magazine's annual list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World" in 2006.
  • Was listed by Forbes Magazine as The Highest-Paid Female Athlete in the World in June 2005, with annual earnings of 18 million dollar U.S.
  • Was featured in W Magazine and USA Today in 2003.
  • Secured the 3rd spot on's annual list of the 20 Top-Earning Stars Under 25, pulled in $23 million between June 2006 to June 2007.
  • Her Nickname is Masha.
  • Was defeated by Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final of Siemens Women Tennis Trophy after holding eight match points!
  • Was among the 50 Most Beautiful Celebrities in the World according to People Magazine's list by April 2005.
  • Is an IMG Model as she had signed deal with the company in November 2003.
  • Her favorite beverages are orangina and virgin strawberry daiquiris.
  • Besides tennis, her other interests include fashion, singing, dancing and movies.
  • Entered the WTA world rankings at number 532 in 2002 and finished at number 186 by the end of the same year.
  • Was about to face Anna Kournikova in the semi-final of Sea Island Tournament in May 2003 when Kournikova finally pulled out before the match.
  • Was mentioned as one of 21 Athletes to Watch For in the 21st Century according to SPORT Magazine.
  • Was labeled one of The Coolest Girls in America by YM magazine and 'On the Move' by People Magazine.
  • Her name appeared in Teen People's list of 20 Teens Who Will Change the World in 2002.
  • Her father, Youri Sharapov, had been criticized particularly by Myskina of his disruptive courtside behavior and his shouting of rude things against Maria's compatriots on the WTA Tour.
  • Wasn't included in Russian team at the Fed Cup as Anastasia Myskina threatened to have a boycott if she joined the team.
  • When competed at Wimbledon Center Court on June 21, 2005, her loudest grunt reached 101.2 decibels, which is above the sound of a motorcycle or a lawnmower.
  • Her rank instantly leapt from #15 to #8 after winning Wimbledon in 2004.
  • Became the first Russian tennis player ever to win Grand Slam Wimbledon.
  • Is often compared to Anna Kournikova, yet she rejects the comparison.
  • Appeared in Vogue Italia by August 2004.
  • Became the first tennis player in more than two years to be the cover of Sports Illustrated in a special double-issue on newsstands for two weeks.
  • Wears Nike and uses a Prince racquet in the court.
  • Was signed up by Prince, Oakley and Nike at the age of 9.
  • In order to develop her skills, her parents sent her to U.S. instead of Russia even though the Russian government had provided ample funding to support its tennis development program.
  • Her last name, Sharapova, is the feminine version of her father's name, Sharapov.
  • Loves to have dessert of French crepes with Nutella.
  • Enjoys Russian and Thai cuisine.
  • Likes to read "Sherlock Holmes" and "Pippi Longstocking" series.
  • Her favorite movies are "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003), "Something's Gotta Give" (2003) and "Love Actually" (2003).
  • Is able to use both hands with equal facility that she almost became a left-handed tennis player.
  • She plays right-handed and two-handed backhand.