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Maria Sharapova
Date of Birth: April 19, 1987
Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia (Siberian Region)
Current Residence: Bradenton, Florida, USA
Nationality: Russian
Height: 6'2 ft
Weight: 130 lbs. (59 kg)

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"I've always just wanted to be me and people can say whatever they want to say."
- Maria Sharapova

She was born on April 19, 1987 in Nyagan, a town in the Siberian region of Russia. In 1989, she moved with the family to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi. When she was 4 years old, a chance encounter changed her life, the father of tennis champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and the man gave her a racket. Since then, she started hitting tennis balls. The game became a passion for her.

With a deadly backhand, Maria Sharapova was the youngest titlist on the WTA Tour in 2003 with two championships under her belt. Although she has since curbed her enthusiasm somewhat, she was called to be the "Siberian Siren" because of her extremely loud grunting whenever she hit the ball.

She is blonde, leggy, and beautiful. If those are the only adjectives you use to describe Maria Sharapova, then you're selling the tennis world's newest star short. She also admired of modeling due to that she compared favorably to Anna Kournikova on the modeling runway, Maria is most dazzling when she steps on the tennis court. Her serve is overpowering, her ground strokes are penetrating, and her will to win is punishing. "I don't like to lose," Sharapova says. "I don't give up. I'm tough." Maria officially arrived with her 2004 Wimbledon title and she's not likely to leave anytime soon. This is her story…