Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is a Russian tennis player, considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. 

Full Name Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
Who tennis player
Birth Date April 19, 1987
Born Nyagan, Russia
Country Russia
Education n/a
Father Yuri Sharapova
Mother Yelena Sharapova
Spouse n/a
Siblings none
Children none


Sharapova was a childhood friend of Yevgeny Kafelnikov, whose father gave her her first tennis racket at the age of four.

In 1993, at the age of six, Sharapova attended a tennis school run by Martina Navratilova, who recommended Sharapova for an elite tennis school in the United States.

Sharapova briefly dated Adam Levine in 2005, after they met at her 18th birthday party. 

Sharapova is a known and long-time rival of Serena Williams.

Sharapova has been a tennis partner with Elena Vesnina. 

Sharapova dated Andy Roddick from 2005 - 2006.

Nathalie Dechy complained to officials in 2003 that Sharapova was too loud on the court, resulting in a small feud between the two players.

Sharapova began dating Slovenian basketball palyer Sasha Vujacic in 2009, and they became engaged in 2011. However, early in 2012, the two broke up and ended their engagement.

Sharapova was in a relationship with Grigor Dimitrov from 2012 - 2015.

During her career, Sharapova has collected some enemies. After it was revealed that she had tested positive for a recently-banned drug in 2016, and was subsequently banned from tennis for 2 years, she did not recieve much support from the tennis community. Chris Evert said that Sharapova had "few friends in the game." Rafael Nadal called her actions "terrible for the sport." Simona Halep called it "disappointing." Both John McEnroe and Pat Cash implied that Sharapova was lying about her reasons for taking the drug in question, which she insisted was innocent. Jennifer Capriati posted on Twitter that Sharapova should be stripped of her 35 titles. Rival Serena Williams publicly asked judges not to give her rival any special treatment. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray all publicly condemned her. Victoria Azarenka spoke out against her. Dominika Cibulkova said that she did not feel at all sorry for Sharapova, and did not miss having her on tour, either - describing her as a "totally unlikeable person - arrogant, conceited, and cold." 

Sharapova is a friend of Camilla Belle.

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