Maria is ranked #72 in AIM's "100 Celebs Under 25".
Maria is ranked #33 in the "100 Hottest Blondes of AIM".
Maria has won three grands slams. She won the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 U.S Open, and the 2008 Australian Open.
She is the second youngest person to win the Wimbledon grand slam.
Maria has a dog named Dolce.
Maria was named Cosmopolitan Magazine's Ultimate Sports Superhero of 2007.
Maria was ranked #11 in FHM Online's 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2007.
Maria ranked #17 in Maxim's 2007 Hot 100 List.
Maria, along with Amelie Mauresmo and swimmer Laure Manaudou, who won four gold medals at the 2006 European swimming championships, are among the candidates for the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award in April. The winners will be chosen by the 43 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy and will be revealed in Barcelona on April 2, 2007.
Maria is good friends with fellow Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko, despite not getting along with many of the other female Russian tennis players.
In April 2005 Sharapova was listed by "People Magazine" as among the 50 most beautiful celebrities in the world.
Maria has also won 3 WTA doubles titles
Maria has won a total of 16 singles titles, her latest being in San Diego, August of 2007.
Maria enjoys Russian music over any other form.
Maria favors Russian food, but also enjoys Italian bread.
Maria's favourite dessert is anything.
Maria enjoys reading books her favouroites are Sherlock Holmes and Pippi Longstocking.
One of her favorite movies is Pearl Harbor.
She enjoys singing and dancing.
When she is off court she enjoys modeling.
At the age of 9 she began training at Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy located in Brandenton, Florida, USA.
During 2005 she grew several inches which caused back pains forcing her to drop out of several tournaments.
She is the first Russian player to become the number 1 player in the world.
She became number 1 in the world in August 2005.
Her loudest grunt was measured at 101.2 decibels which is louder than a motorcycle.
After winning the 2004 WTA Championship she won 1 million dollars and a Porsche Cayenne to donate to the charity of her choice.
She won the 2004 WTA Championship, defeating Serena Williams 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
She was and still is ambidextrous and nearly became a left-handed tennis player instead of right-handed.
Her father Yuri brought her to the U.S. in 1994, but her mother Yelena didn't join them until two years later due to a problem gaining a visa.
She was raised in the United States since the age of seven.
She was born in Siberia, Russia.
Maria was the 2004 women's Wimbledon champion, defeating two-time defending champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4.
She plays with a 2 handed backhand.
She plays right handed.
She is 6' 2" (1.88 m) tall and weighs 130 pounds.
Maria's nickname is Masha.
Maria was seeded #4 at the 2006 Australian Open.
Maria was offered a part in Desperate Housewives but declined, saying that she is not desperate and not a wife.
Reporter: What are you doing during a long flying in the plane?
Maria: Listening to music, eating... And doing my homework. I love studing and i miss my school badly.
Reporter: What except for the passport does make you feel yourself as the Russian?
Maria: I was born in Russia... And i still have a big family there... And should i explain it? Is it even possible to explain?! It just should be felt. I know there is russian blood inside me. Near americans i feel myself russian first of all.
Reporter: How many hours per day do you train?
Maria: About 4 hours of tennis per day. Plus fitness 1,5-2 hours. During tournaments i train 2-3 hours per day.
Reporter: Are you really personally familiar with Vladimir Putin?
Maria: No, only in formal. He calls me, congratulates with victories. All these calls take about five minutes, no more. Every time says that everyone in Moscow waits for me and supports. Nice, kind words.
Reporter : What language are your dreams on?
Maria: Oh, I even don't know. But usually I think on Russian.
Reporter: You always think so positively. Do you scoop it from yourself?
Maria: I always try to be an optimist. I think it helps to live.
Maria: Do you know what a pleasure it is to drink some coffee at home? No one serve you – you just make it yourself. To spend time with your family, to sleep at home, not in the hotel but in your bed… Home - this is the best place for being, for rest.
Maria: This year I decided that the most important thing was my health. Because when you are healthy you are happy. Even when you lose. That's the main thing – to be healthy.
Reporter: How do you feel when you hear "Maria Sharapova, the champion of Wimbledon"?
Maria: It's awesome, I don't have any words. I have never, never expected that it was going to happen so soon. To arrive here and to win – this was my dream.
Reporter: What are you most afraid of?
Maria: Some animals. For example snakes. I've met some, awful.
Reporter: What delicacy you can not resist?
Maria: The ice-cream with the strawberry.
Reporter: Can you remember the last time your father didn't visit your match?
Maria: Never! It seems to me that he has missed only three trainings!
Maria: My dad is the most important person for me. More important then my trainer. I need and love my family more then anything else. I don't know what would I've done without my dad. At least I wouldn't sit here and give you this interview
Maria: I like fascinating matches. It have always been a pleasant to me to watch Agassi's and Sampras's game! I considered that it was classical matches. And these matches' tennis was amazing!
Reporter: Are you going to come back to Russia anytime?
Maria: I don't know. It depends of my activities for that time. Remember that I live in the place I work in. And my work is tennis. If Russia had good conditions for trainings I would live and train in Russia.
Maria: My parents did a lot for my life and my career. Most of these fine and awful moments we divide together. Especially good moments, they are so important for my family.
Reporter: Do you have enough time to feel yourself as an usual 17 years old girl?
Maria: If I continue to win I'll have less time to do it. But outside the court I really feel myself as an usual girl
Reporter: How did the first have of being in the rang of the best planet's tennisist passed?
Maria: I have never gotten so many messages in my phone! Also i got about seven flowers bouquets... Phone called every minute, everyone wanted to congradulate me! That was so pleasantly! It helps to feel that i have reached something. Amazing day!
Reporter: Please, name the person who have brought the greatest contribution to your achievements! Besides yourself, of course.
Maria: I can't name one. Only two. My dear parents. No doubt - mom and dad.
Reporter: Your dress was wonderful on US Open!
Maria: Yeah, i'm very glad you estimated it! It's a pleasure for me when a man has his own fashion feeling! It's good.
Reporter: You was such a fashion-woman last year. You was a real US Open star.
Maria: I won't ever look like a doll any more. It just went out of the fashion.
(On Posing Naked)
Maria Sharapova: I love being naked when I'm alone, I'm fully comfortable being naked. However in public I cant convince myself to do it, atleast not yet.
Reporter: So you wont rule out the possibility of posing naked in the future?
Maria Sharapova: No no way I just dont know if I feel comfortable with it right now.
Maria: I dont like posing in a bikini as there is nothing to hold on to.
Maria Sharapova: I'm not the next anyone, I'm the first Maria Sharapova.
Maria Sharapova: I'm just like every other girl who likes to shop, likes to look good, likes to spend time with friends.
Maria Sharapova: I learned there's a big difference between juniors and the pros.
Maria Sharapova: 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.
Maria Sharapova: 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.
(About her legs)
Maria Sharapova: I wouldn't say I'm in love with them.
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