Maria Sharapova Bio: Early Life, Career, Net Worth, WTA & Boyfriends

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Maria Sharapova is a former professional tennis player. She has played as a Russian player with the Women’s Tennis Association.

Notably, she is the only Russian woman tennis player to hold a career in Grand Slam. Although she was born in Russia, she has lived in the United States as a permanent resident since 1994.

Maria took part in the WTA tour between 2001 and 2020. Likewise, she has also won a silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics.

Moreover, she has stood first in the WTA rankings in singles on five different occasions. Besides, she has appeared in numerous modeling magazines and advertisements.

Maria Sharapova at the US Open

Many of the former players and pundits mark her as one of the best tennis players. Having a veteran twenty years of a glorious career as a senior player will undoubtedly earn you many accomplishments and titles.

We have prepared a summary of the life journey of a wonderful player personality. So let’s dig into her personal and professional life.

Quick Facts

Full Name Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
Birth Date April 19, 1987
Birth Place Nyagan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nickname Siberian Siren
Religion Christianity (Eastern Orthodox)
Nationality Russian
Ethnicity Mixed
Education Keystone National High School, Pennsylvania

IMG Academy

Horoscope Aries
Father’s Name Yuri Sharapov
Mother’s Name Yelena Sharapov
Siblings None
Age 36 Years Old
Height 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm)
Weight 59 kg (130 lbs)
Shoe Size 11 (US)
Bra Cup Size 32B
Build Athletic
Children None
Eye color Green
Hair Color Blonde
Profession Tennis Player (retired)
Playing style Right Handed
Active years  (Senior Career) 2001-2020 (professional player)
Association Women’s Tennis Association
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried (In a relationship)
Boyfriends Adam Levine (2005)

Charlie Ebersol (2008)

Sasha Vujacic (2009- 2012)

Grigor Dimitrov (2013 – 2015)

Alexander Gilkes (2018 – present)

Favorite Food Russian and Thai Cuisines
Net Worth $195 million
Annual Earnings $18 million
Social Media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Merch Funko POP, Poster & Jersey
Last Update April, 2024

Maria Sharapova: Early Life, Family, and Education

Maria was born in Nyagan, a town in the Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. She is the daughter of Yuri Sharapov and Yelena Sharapov.

Besides, she is the niece of Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who is a former Russian player. Also, the Russian model Alesya Kafelnikova is her cousin.

Yuri and Yelena used to live in the Gomel region of the Byelorussian SSR. After the 1996 Chornobyl nuclear accident near Pripyat, there were many concerns about its regional effects.

Consequently, the couple moved to Nyagan. Around a year later, Maria was born. Again, they moved to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, with Sharapova in 1989.

Early attachment to tennis

Maria was introduced to tennis as early as she was four years old. She received her first tennis racquet then.

Her father used to make her practice tennis with him. Later, she joined the veteran Russian coach Yuri Yutkin to take tennis lessons.

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At the early age of six, Maria went to a tennis clinic in Moscow. There she was recommended to attend professional training with Nick Bollettieri.

He was a trainer at the IMG Academy in Florida, United States. Accordingly, she traveled to America with her father in 1994.

Her father suffered a lot from low income and poor English during the early days in the United States.

Eventually, the IMG signed her in 1995. They agreed to pay the yearly tuition fee for Maria if she stayed at the Academy. She had her enrollment at the age of 9.

Maria Sharapova: Professional Career

Early days

As early as 13, Maria won the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships in the girls’ under-16 division.

The recognition earned her the Rising Star Award in 2000. That was an exceptional award, which is only provided to promising players.

Maria Sharapova training in Florida.

Maria debuted as a professional tennis player in 2001 on her birthday. Then, she joined the WTA tournament in 2002 at the Pacific Life Open.

There was a threshold for playing in professional events. Thus, she sharpened her in the junior tournaments.

Maria became the youngest female ever to reach the Australian Open’s final. Her age was 14 years and nine months at the time.

The International Tennis Federation ranked her sixth among the junior world singles players in 2002.

Notably, she had a 47-9 win-loss ratio as a junior. Besides, she reached the finals of the 2002 Wimbledon Championships.

Also, she lost in the third round of the 2002 French Open. Besides, she made it to the second round of the 2001 US Open.

Started winning titles

Maria was eligible to play full professional season from 2003. She defeated Jelena Dokic at Wimbledon.

Her first WTA title was the Japan Open Tennis Championships. For the season, she received the WTA Newcomer of the Year recognition.

The Rise to Global Fame

Maria reached the third round of the Qatar Telecom German Open and the International BNL d’Italia, the Tier I events in the 2004 season.

Also, she defeated the 2004 French Open finalist Elena Dementieva in the International BNL.

Maria-Sharapova at International BNL D’Italia.

In the same year, she defeated Tatiana Golovin to win the DFS Classic, also known as the Wimbledon warm-up.

She the Grand Slam singles title by defeating the then-defending champion Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

She was the subject of discussion in various sports media as a serious challenger at Wimbledon.

Accordingly, she was ranked in the top 10.Maria Mania” won the Asian titles, the Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships, and the Japan Open Tennis Championships.

The peak of the Game

Maria did not stop pushing herself in the next season too. She reached the no. three ranks in early 2005 after winning the Toray Pan Pacific Open and the Qatar Total Open.

Also, she defended her DFS Classic title by defeating Jelena Jankovic in the final. However, she bowed out from her Wimbledon title defense. She lost to Venus Williams.

Notably, she was ranked world No. 1 for a week in August 2005 and six weeks in September 2005. However, she lost in the US Open and Pacific Life Open in the semifinals in the same year.

First US Open title

Maria began the US Open campaign in 2006 as the third seed. There she defeated the second seed Justine Henin to bag her second Grand Slam singles title.

Similarly, she won the Zurich Open and the Generali Ladies Linz Open titles in the same year. Sadly, she had to bow out from the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon.

Maria Sharapova at the US Open.

Again, she held the No. 1 rank for seven weeks in early 2007. However, shoulder injuries hit her. And she had to miss out on most of the clay-court season.

Also, she lost to Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals of the French Open and to Wimbledon in the fourth round.

On the positive side, she defended her Acura Classic title that year. But she could not defend her US Open title.

First Australian Open title

At the Australian Open in early 2008, Maria defeated Ana Ivanovic to win the Grand Slam. In the year, her 18-match winning streak ended with the semifinals defeat at the Pacific Life Open. Also, the no.1 rank came for her in May.

Injury and out of the top 100

However, a shoulder injury forced her to withdraw from the competitions in August of the year. Because of missing matches due to injury, she was ranked 126 in May 2009.

After recovery, she won the 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open title. Notably, she lost her opening match in the 2010 Australian Open.

Maria Sharapova at the 2018 French Open.

In 2011, she split up with Michael Joyce, her coach, since 2004. Later, she achieved No. 4 in the world ranking in August 2011.

Again, she suffered an ankle injury during the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open. Subsequently, she withdrew from all the remaining matches of the season.

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Career Grand Slam and Olympics

In 2012, Maria won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, defeating Victoria Azarenka. Besides, she beat Li Na at the 2012 Italian Open to defend her title.

Remarkably, she regained her No.1 title as she marched to the finals of the French Open. Maria won the final to add their fourth career Grand Slam title.

Russian Olympic Committee asked her to bear the flag at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

She reached the finals against Serena Williams. Unfortunately, Serena thrashed her. As a result, Maria had to end the campaign with a silver medal.

Suspension and Injuries

In 2014, Maria won the Stuttgart Open in April. Then she won the Madrid Open in May 2014.

Remarkably, she won the 2014 French Open defeating Simona Halep in the finals. However, Camila Giorgi defeated her in the third round of the Indian Wells Masters.

In 2014, she was defeated by Serena Williams in the Australian Open final. However, she had to miss out on most matches in 2016 due to injury.

Also, she was suspended because of testing positive for meldonium.

Maria Sharapova at Australia Open 2019.

The 2017 China Open was her only WTA title in two years since 2015. In the 2018 season, she made her comeback to the No. 29 rank in world tennis.

She lost to Naomi Osaka in the opening round of the Indian Wells Open.

And, in the first round of the Italian Open, she defeated Ashleigh Barty. Also, in the third round of the French Open, she won over Karolina Pliskova.

Moreover, the opening round of the 2019 Shenzhen Open marked her 800th career singles match. However, a shoulder injury ruined her first half of 2019.


In 2020, she played an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. Donna Vekic defeated her in the first round of the 2020 Australian Open.

It was the final match of her career. In February 2020, she announced she would be retiring from tennis.

Maria Sharapova: Achievements and Titles

Maria has won the Australian Open once, French Open twice, Wimbledon once, and the US Open. Besides, she won the 2004 WTA Tour Championship.

The WTA Player of the Year 2004 has also won the ESPY Best Female Tennis Player award in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2012.

Besides, she was the ESPY’s Best International Female Athlete in 2007.

Maria Sharapova with the US Open trophy.

Furthermore, the Russian Federation has honored her with the Medal of the Order For Merit to the Fatherland 1st and 2nd class. Also, she has been the Russian Cup’s Female Tennis Player of the Year three times.

Maria Sharapova: Net Worth and Salary

It is estimated that Maria has earned more than $325 million during her career. Remarkably, she has always been among the highest-earning women athletes during her career.

According to sources, she has received $38 million in prize money only. Only Serena William is above her in the list of highest-earning female players.

As of [2021 Update], Maria Sharapova has a net worth of around $195 million.

At the peak of her career, she made around $18 million per year. Also, a considerable sum of her earnings comes outside of sports too. She has several endorsements and sponsorship deals with several brands.

In 2010, she signed an 8-year $70 million contract with Nike. Besides, she has appeared in commercials for Land Rover and Canon. Also, she has endorsed Tag Heuer, Motorola, and Tiffany.

Net Worth of Maria Sharapova in Different Currencies

Let’s have a look into the tennis player’s net worth in different currencies, including the cryptocurrency BitCoin. 

Currency Net Worth
Euro 164,170,500 
Pound Sterling £139,921,275 
Australian Dollar A$264,773,925 
Canadian Dollar C$242,499,075 
Indian Rupee 14,504,148,750 
BitCoin ฿5,021 

Maria Sharapova: Relationships

Being a brilliant player with a gorgeous look, Maria can attract any man. It was rumored that she dated Adam Levine, the vocalist of the band Maroon 5, around 2005.

Then, she was in a relationship with Andy Roddick between 2005 and 2006. Besides, she dated Charlie Ebersol for a short time in 2008.

Considering serious relationships, she was engaged to Sasha Vujacic in 2011. The Slovenian professional basketball player was in a relationship with her since 2009.

However, the couple separated by ending their engagement in 2012. Again, she had a relationship with Grigor Dimitrov between 2013 and 2015. Grigor is a Bulgarian tennis player.

Maria Sharapova with Alexander Gilkes.

After that, she started dating British businessman Alexander Gilkes in 2018. Alexander is the owner of Paddle8, which is an online auction platform.

They were first seen together in an art gallery in Beverly Hills in March 2018.

Maria Sharapova: Social Media Presence

Maria Sharapova is one of the most renowned names in all the sports world. Likewise, she has earned a lot of fan following on her social media accounts.

The Russian uses Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as her regular social media handles.

Facebook: 15 Million followers

Twitter: 8.5 million followers

Instagram: 4.1 million followers

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Commonly asked questions about Maria Sharapova.

Is Maria Sharapova a mother?

Maria has been in a relationship with many people since the dawn of her career. Her ex-boyfriends include the singer Adam Levine the businessman Alexander Gilkes.

She is currently dating Alexander. However, she has not had kids with any of them. It means she has not been a mother yet.

Was Maria Sharapova ever married?

Maria Sharapova was engaged to Sasha Vujacic in 2011. Sasha is a Slovenian professional basketball player. They had been in a relationship since 2009.

However, the couple could not get married as they separated in 2012. Likewise, their engagement ended then.

Has Maria Sharapova appeared in movies?

Maria Sharapova has appeared as herself in several movies. They include Chelsea (2016), the series Billions (2018, 2020), Ocean’s 8 (2018), The Morning Show (2019), and Shark Tank (2020).

Besides, she has been featured as herself in the 2017’s documentary about herself, Maria Sharapova: The Point.

Where was Maria Sharapova House Featured?

Maria’s house has been featured on the cover of Architectural Digest. The home was built by the Minardos Group with a design by KAA.

Is Maria Dating Enrique Iglesias?

The young tennis player is not dating Enrique Iglesias.

How many Grand Slams Title Maria Won? 

She has won 5 Grand Slams titles.

Does Sharapova Have Tattoo?

The young tennis player has a tattoo on her neck. She has a unique Hindi word JEET tattoo inked on her neck.

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