Maria Sharapova was the youngest titlist on the WTA Tour in 2003. Although she has since curbed her enthusiasm somewhat, she used to be called the "Siberian Siren" because of her extremely loud grunting whenever she hit the ball. After winning the 2008 Australian Open, Maria Sharapova found herself one tournament away from completing a career Grand Slam in singles.
In October of 2008, Maria Sharapova underwent surgery for a shoulder injury, forcing her to take a significant amount of time of from the tournament circuit. She came back with a vengeance in the spring of 2009, ready to reclaim her spot as the Anna Kournikova who actually wins. She made it to the quarter-finals of the 2009 French Open, but lost to Dominika Cibulkova. Don't worry, Maria. You're just warming up for Wimbledon.
The leggy blonde caused speculation she was dating the handsome sportsman, whose ex-girlfriend is actress Mandy Moore, when he turned up to support her at the launch of her new perfume in New York.
maria sharapova is named no. 74 in 2008 top 99Maria Sharapova spread the love in 2007, and was named a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador. She even donated $100,000 to Chernobyl recovery projects. Her good Samaritan ways must have rubbed off on her tennis skills because Maria Sharapova also came away with the winning title at the Acura Classic in San Diego. Following a loss at the US Open, she played in the Tier 1 Kremlin Cup and lost in the second round. After qualifying for the Sony Ericsson Championships, she lost to Justine Henin.
In 2008, Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic at the Australian Open, and went on to enjoy an 18-game winning streak. She lost, however, at the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston as well as the French Open, and had to withdraw from the Tier I Rogers Cup due to an injury.
Yet, she landed a spot on AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women list.
maria sharapova makes 2009 top 99In 2009, Maria Sharapova made the AM Top 99 list, once again. She was voted No. 83 on AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women list. Her professional career, on the other hand, suffered, as she was forced to withdraw from the Australia Open due, once again, to an injury.
After undergoing surgery for her shoulder in October of 2008, Maria Sharapova returned to the tournament circuit in the spring of 2009. She made it all the way to the quarter-finals of the 2009 French Open, but lost to Dominika Cibulkova.