Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova is a Russian tennis player with four Grand Slam titles to her name. She has been ranked WTA’s world number one a total of five times in her career. Currently, she holds the world number three spot in women’s tennis. At age 8, her growing love for tennis saw her father do all that he could to bring her to the US where she could train with the best and reach her full potential. A year later, IMG signed Sharapova and she trained with the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy for the next few years. After winning two small WTA tournaments in 2003, her huge career breakthrough came in 2004’s Wimbledon where she beat world number one, then and now, Serena Williams to bag her first Grand Slam title. Till date, she has 29 singles titles to her name. Since becoming one of the world’s most successful women’s tennis players, Sharapova has endorsed several brands including Nike, Canon, Motorola, Gatorade and Tiffany. In 2010, she teamed up with Nike to launch ‘Nike Maria Sharapova Collection’, a tennis clothing line. She is also a designer of bags and footwear for Cole Haan. If that wasn’t enough, she has her very own fragrance for women called ‘Maria Sharapova Perfume’.