Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player. As of 2014 she is ranked World no.2 by the Women's Tennis Association, and is the top Russian player.
Sharapova was given her first tennis racquet aged 4, and moved to the USA from Russia in 1994 at the age of 7. She made her professional breakthrough at 17 in 2004, defeating Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final.
Sharapova has featured in advertising campaigns for brands including Nike, Prince, and Canon. Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme. In June 2011, she was named one of the '30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future 'by Time, and in March 2012 was named one of the '100 Greatest of All Time' by Tennis Channel.