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Maria Sharapova soaks up the sun in Mexico after Wimbledon loss

Maria Sharapova soaks up the sun in Mexico after Wimbledon loss

LOS CABOS , Mexico, July 11 (UPI) --A bikini-clad Maria Sharapova was spotted out and about in Los Cabos, Mexico on Wednesday.
Veronica Linares
Maria Sharapova named the new face of Avon's fragrance 'Luck'

Maria Sharapova named the new face of Avon's fragrance 'Luck'

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) --Tennis player Maria Sharapova has been named the new face of Avon's fragrance Luck just days after she won the French Open for the second time in her career.
Veronica Linares
UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 19, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 19, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Kerber, Halep move up WTA Top 10

Kerber, Halep move up WTA Top 10

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Petra Kvitova slips three places in the WTA Top 10, allowing Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep to make rankings gains.
Li, Peng mark new ranking heights

Li, Peng mark new ranking heights

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese players Li Na and Peng Shuai reached unprecedented heights in the WTA rankings in Monday's update.
Pironkova, Cetkovska advance on upsets in Qatar

Pironkova, Cetkovska advance on upsets in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Qualifiers Tsvetana Pironkova and Petra Cetkovska pulled off first-round upsets Monday at the WTA's Qatar Total Open 2014.
Li on verge of moving to No. 2 in WTA rankings

Li on verge of moving to No. 2 in WTA rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Li Na is poised to move into the No. 2 spot in the WTA rankings, passing Victoria Azarenka.
Australia leads Russia 2-0 in Fed Cup

Australia leads Russia 2-0 in Fed Cup

HOBART, Australia, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur dropped a total of six games Saturday in staking Australia to a 2-0 lead in a best-of-five Fed Cup series versus Russia.
Olympic cauldron is lit for 16 days of competition in Sochi, Russia

Olympic cauldron is lit for 16 days of competition in Sochi, Russia

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday declared open the 22nd Olympic Winter Games at Sochi during an ambitious if imperfect opening ceremony.
Olympic cauldron in Sochi lit by Russian greats

Olympic cauldron in Sochi lit by Russian greats

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Olympic greats Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak were met with an enormous ovation as they lit the cauldron at the Sochi Olympic Games Friday night.
Gabrielle Levy
Russia goes with youth in Fed Cup versus Australia

Russia goes with youth in Fed Cup versus Australia

HOBART, Australia, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Russia, without its most well-known players, is going with teenagers Veronika Kudermetova and Irina Khromacheva in its Fed Cup series in Australia.
Pavlyuchenkova, Makarova jump in WTA rankings

Pavlyuchenkova, Makarova jump in WTA rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Russians Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova return to the WTA Top 25 after tournament wins.

Pavlyuchenkova rallies over Errani to claim GDF Suez Open

PARIS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova regrouped in the third set to overcome Sara Errani Sunday and claim her sixth career WTA title at the GDF Suez Open in Paris.

Pavlyuchenkova upsets Sharapova, to face Errani in Paris final

PARIS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upset top-seeded Maria Sharapova in the semifinals Saturday and will face Sara Errani for the title of the GDF Suez Open.
Sharapova advances to WTA semifinals in straight sets

Sharapova advances to WTA semifinals in straight sets

PARIS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova and Sara Errani each won in straight sets Friday to gain spots in the semifinals at the Open GDF Suez tennis tournament in Paris.
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Russian Maria Sharapova returns the ball in her match against Russian Anna Chakvetadze on the second day of the 125th Wimbledon Championships in Wimbledon,England on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. UPI/Hugo Philpott
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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. A US resident since 1994, Sharapova has won 24 WTA singles titles, including three Grand Slam singles titles at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open. She has also won the year-end invitational WTA Tour Championships in 2004.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked Sharapova World No. 1 in singles on four separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on Aug 22, 2005 and last regained this ranking for the fourth time on May 19, 2008. She is currently ranked World No. 2. She has been in 5 Grand Slam finals. Her Grand Slam final record is 3–2.

Sharapova made her professional breakthrough in 2004 when, at age 17, she upset two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final for her first Grand Slam singles title. She entered the top ten of the WTA Rankings with this win. Despite not winning a major in 2005, Sharapova briefly held the number one ranking, and reached three Grand Slam semifinals, losing to the eventual champion each time. She won her second major at the 2006 US Open defeating then-World No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo in the semifinals and World No. 2 Justine Henin in the final. Sharapova's 2007 season was plagued with a chronic shoulder injury, and saw her ranking fall out of the top 5 for the first time in two years. She ultimately won her third Grand Slam at the 2008 Australian Open, defeating Henin in the quarterfinals and Ana Ivanović in the final. After reclaiming the number one ranking in May 2008, Sharapova's shoulder problems re-surfaced, ultimately requiring surgery in October and forcing her out of the game for nearly ten months. Sharapova returned in May 2009 and was ranked No. 126 in the world due to her extensive lay-off. Since her comeback, Sharapova has won 5 singles titles (bringing her career total to 24) and improved her ranking to within the top 5.

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