Maria Sharapova

(Maria Yuryevna Sharapova)

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
  • Born: April 19, 1987
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Athlete

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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having won silver in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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A great tennis career is something that a 15-year-old normally doesn't have. I hope my example helps other teens believe they can accomplish things they never thought possible. Hope
After being on the court for six hours, being on TV is very glamorous and fun for me. But tennis is always going to be my priority. It's not going to be this thing when all of a sudden TV will get in the way of that.
As an individual, I take every match seriously, no matter who I'm going to play.
Ever since I was young I loved making things and being part of the design process.
I always have a Sharpie, because usually when someone asks me for an autograph, they don't have a pen. I carry one in my purse, as well as in my tennis bag.
I can't please everyone. That's not in my J.D., you know, not in my job description.
I definitely feel Russian inside, even when I'm in America I feel Russian.
I don't do heavy weights at all.
I don't follow other players or the tournaments they play. I have my own schedule and do my own thing. I never really think, 'Oh, I want to be or play like so-and-so.' I just like being myself.
I don't get to do as much sightseeing as I would like to.
I don't need many things. I don't need glamour and attention to be happy. I'm very happy being settled and working my butt off and trying to win grand slams.
I don't spend a lot of my time in the locker room. That's my least favourite place in the world. Time
I don't worry about what my opponent is doing.
I find a lot of inspiration in street style and watching women walk, the way they wear things and what they're wearing. Women
I go to yoga classes and work on my core. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have a Russian heart.
I have a very big sweet tooth and I love treating myself to something that I wouldn't necessarily eat during the tournament such as a nice-sized cake. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I have always had an interest in fashion and design and I appreciate style and timelessness within my footwear and accessories both on and off the court.
I have had lots of luck in my career but there has also been a lot of hard work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I heard endless conversations between my parents when I was going to sleep about how we would survive, how we would continue. All of them were about trying to make me better.
I help design my own tennis clothes.
I hit a ball for a living, but I have that passion to keep learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I know my roots and I cannot forget the journey I made.
I learned there's a big difference between juniors and the pros.
I look forward to the challenges.
I love competing. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love getting consumer reports. I think it's one of my favourite things, studying what people have to say about the product and then trying to make it better. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love jotting down ideas for my blog, so I doodle or take notes on all kinds of stuff that inspires me: the people I meet, boutiques I visit, a florist that just gave me a great idea for an interior-design project, things like that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love playing for my country, getting the support. Especially for the kids and everybody, showing my example of what I can achieve so early. And maybe they can achieve it, too, just to get that in their minds. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love street style, seeing how girls wear pieces and how their pair accessories with their outfit. How they pair shoes with a bag and go to day to night and change things up. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love to collect modern art. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I love to eat, and if I could, I'd eat every second of my life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love what I do and I love being an athlete, but I also love all the things that have come with it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love where I'm from. I don't live there because of the circumstances, but all my family is there. It's what's inside, it's not what's outside that determines the culture and the feeling. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
I love yoga. I do yoga when I have time, which is not very often. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I mean, I think I'm doing a lot better than other people that have had shoulder surgery in their careers. Some people have never come back.
I never really had an idol.
I owe a lot to my parents.
I spent a whole year when I was injured just trying to get my arm back to the point where I could hit a tennis ball for more than 30 minutes a day. I'd hit for 15 minutes and it would feel as if my arm was going to fall off.
I still love things that you don't even need to pay for. Going to the beach and being around five of your friends and having a good time means so much more than going out and spending hundreds of dollars. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think it's so cool to be tall. Even when I'm not wearing heels people tell me I'm tall and I always take it as a complement. The good thing is I can always see everybody in the room.
I think when you know what you are going to wear, it fits and it's great material, then you feel confident in it.
I try not to hit a swing volley and run back. So my swing volley is kind of that transition to the net. It's been one of my favorite shots ever since I was young.
I want my handbags and my shoes to be stylish but I want to make sure that they're versatile. I travel and I have to make sure the pieces I put into my bag can go with a dress or with shorts or jeans. Travel
I want my tennis to speak for everything.
I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red.
I'd like to have a family. Families, Children & Parenting
I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If I can create something that allows a woman to feel better - that is the true reward.
If I loved a guy as much as I love my dog, the guy would be in serious trouble. Because I'm all over that dog, all the time. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If I'm nervous, it means I had to work hard to get there, whether it's playing in a tournament or speaking at an event. So I try to stop and be proud of getting to live in that moment. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If you're able to help some people and make them smile and make them realize that life is good, then that's worth so much more than buying a pair of shoes. Life
I'm always on the go. I love doing things until I hit rock bottom. Then I need my 12 hours of sleep, and I'm on the go again. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm always that annoying person that pulls out the camera in the middle of dinner and starts taking candids.
I'm an afternoon tea type of girl. I come from a Russian background where we love our teas. So between lunch and dinner after training I come home and I love a nice cup of tea with jam in it, as we drink it there. Black English Breakfast with raspberry jam is my favorite. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm an athlete. I go out there and fight my heart out.
I'm focused on going out every day and doing my best.
I'm just a very tough person when I go on the court, and I really don't want to lose.
I'm just like every other girl who likes to shop, likes to look good, likes to spend time with friends. Time
I'm never standing still and that makes my life pretty exciting. Life
I'm not a huge gym person, so I try to stay away from the gym. But I love to run on the beach or go for a walk. It's better than riding a stationary bike. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm not the next anyone, I'm the first Maria Sharapova.
It's always tough when you lose - you've worked so hard for that moment and it hasn't gone the way you wanted. But you have to realise there's always a bright side, you have to pick yourself up and get ready for the next game.
It's easy to impress me. I don't need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I'm happy. I'm satisfied. I'm content. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
It's strange for my friends when they see me on TV and in magazines, because the person that they see doing interviews and pictures on the red carpet is not the person that they know.
I've been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience. Life
I've been very competitive by nature from a young age, whether it was eating a bowl of pasta faster than somebody else, or always wanting to be the first one in line. Nature
Music is a part of my life all the time - on the plane, before matches, driving out to the court. Life ;Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
My family and I built my whole career from scratch. Families, Children & Parenting
My main goal is to stay healthy because when you're injured you realise how lucky you are to have your health. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
My parents had a normal life in Russia and they could have easily kept living a normal life, working and raising a child in Russia. Life
No matter what you study, the thing that you know best is what you grew up with.
Of course, everyone knows my story of being born in Russia and moving to the United States at 7. For a few years people would say, 'Well, she's living in the United States, but she's Russian.'
Since I was young, the artistic expression that fashion embodies has inspired me. It's a way to communicate oneself.
Since I'm constantly in the sun, I use sunscreen daily.
Sometimes I feel my arm is like a swan's neck - so weak.
Sometimes when you're putting the work in it just seems so, so hard, and you never know when that work's going to pay off. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Tennis has given me this wonderful life and I'm very grateful for it. Life
The forehands or backhands don't mean much after three hours.
The more matches I play, the more confident I get.
There are days when I go out on the court and I feel like I can't miss a ball.
There are so many roads you can take that will lead you the wrong way, that nobody will hear your name.
There's not many firsts in my career, as I have been a part of many tournaments and fortunate enough to win many.
Through my travels, I find inspiration in street style and how young women create their individual looks and identity. Women
To be honest, everything in my life outside of tennis is great. I'm doing amazing projects that, if I didn't have time off, I wouldn't be able to focus on. Life ;Time
Well, fans always root for the underdog.
When I make a commitment I stick to it.
When I need to push myself, I think of all those nicely polished trophies waiting to be lifted up by the winner - and how that winner might be me.
When I travel, I love speaking to women around the world about the things that inspire them, the fashions they like, what makes something good and what would make it even better. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women ;Travel
When I walk through that gate to the court, that's my escape. I block out everything, good and bad.
When I'm down or maybe when it's close in the match, I feel like I'm still in it. I don't feel like I'm letting down. Mentally, I'm still really, really tough.
When you are young, you are a little naive.
When you look good, you feel good. Confidence with what you're wearing is very important. If you feel good, you will always perform your best without worrying about anything.
When you travel so many weeks a year, it's always nice to have a home-cooked meal. Travel
When you're going through tough moments, you never know when you're going to have good moments.
Whenever I have friends over, we end up eating and talking and losing track of time, and, once in a while, singing karaoke. It reminds me of the family meals we had in Russia, which always lasted a very long time. That's a tradition I miss. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
Whether you win a match or lose a match, in terms of your emotions, it's important to be pretty levelheaded.
Without my dad, I wouldn't be here. Families, Children & Parenting
You control your own wins and losses.
You have your bad moments in your career and your good moments. And it's been a good ride so far, but it's not over yet.

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