Maria Sharapova is a Russian former professional tennis player. Sharapova competed on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour from 2001 to 2020 and was ranked World #1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hod the career Grand Slam (winning Wimbledon and the Australian, French and US Opens in the same year). She is also an Olympic medalist, having won a silver medal in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Sharapova was given her first tennis racquet aged four, and moved to the USA from Russia in 1994 at the age of seven. 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.
She retired after 28 years playing professionally in 2020.