Maria Sharapova Bio

  • Coached by Sven Groeneveld
  • Father is Yuri; mother is Yelena
  • Started playing at age 4; at age 6 took part in Moscow exhibition that featured Martina Navratilova; began training at Bollettieri Academy at age 9 (required two-year separation from mother due to visa restrictions and finances)
  • Has become a major force in the business world with a series of very successful ventures: a Nike apparel collection (currently being worn by other WTA players such as Arvidsson, Benesova, Bouchard, Hlavackova, Keys and Pivovarova); a line at Cole Haan (Maria Sharapova by Cole Haan); and Sugarpova, a candy line launched in 2012 (
  • Has given a lot of time and money to charity, including the Maria Sharapova Foundation and her work as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme, donating over $100,000 to Gomel area of Belarus affected by Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster from 1986, and launching a $210,000 scholarship program for students from Chernobyl area; also donated value of Porsche Cayenne she won at 2004 WTA Championships (approximately US$56,300) to those affected by school hostage crisis in Beslan
  • Favorite foods are Russian and Thai cuisine; favorite dessert is French cr
Biographical information from WTA. Information might not be up to date.

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