Since his first title in Monte Carlo, which came when he was still a wide-eyed 18-year-old, he has entered 47 events during this magical period and won 36.
Born in Russia in 1987, Maria Sharapova moved to the U. at an early age and began training at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
But for one man – Rafael Nadal – this is the time when all the stars align.
From his rivals’ perspective, Nadal might as well be from another species.
The Russian continued to play well in subsequent majors, finishing runner-up at the 2013 French Open.
However, shoulder problems again took a toll, and not long after a disappointing second-round loss at Wimbledon, she withdrew from action for the remainder of the season. In March 2016, Sharapova announced that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January.
Tennis player Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Siberia, Russia.
After learning to play tennis as a young child, she moved with her father to Florida, earning a scholarship to train at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy at age 9.
After turning professional at age 14, she burst into the spotlight by winning the 2004 Wimbledon women's singles title.
Sharapova became the 10th woman to earn a career Grand Slam with her French Open win in 2012, and she added a second French crown in 2014.
Regaining momentum in 2014, Sharapova won her second French Open and fifth overall Grand Slam title by defeating Simona Halep. At a press conference, the tennis star said that she had tested positive for Mildronate, with an active ingredient of meldonium, which she had been taking for health issues since 2006.