Davenport withdraws at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 20 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic coasted in her quarterfinal match Thursday and Lindsay Davenport withdrew with a back injury at the Pacific Life Open.

Sharapova reaches Pac Life semis

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 20 (UPI) -- Russian star Maria Sharapova dispatched No. 5 seed Daniela Hantuchova 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the $2.1 million Pacific Life Open.

Ivanovic rebounds for win

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 19 (UPI) -- Top-seed Ana Ivanovic dropped her first set against 13th-seed Francesca Schiavone Tuesday before rallying for a fourth-round win in the Pacific Life Open.

Russians advance in Indian Wells tennis

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 17 (UPI) -- Third-round winners in the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif., Sunday included Russians Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Morigami cashes in on late entry

Morigami cashes in on late entry

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Akiko Morigami, a last-minute substitute for Maria Sharapova, collected a first-round win Tuesday at the $1.5 million Dubai Tennis Championships.
Sharapova, ill, withdraws from Dubai event

Sharapova, ill, withdraws from Dubai event

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova, undefeated so far this year, withdrew Tuesday from the Dubai Tennis Championships because of a viral illness.
Dementieva an early winner at Dubai

Dementieva an early winner at Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- No. 8-seeded Elena Dementieva raced to a straight-set victory Monday in the first round of the $1.5 million Dubai Tennis Championships.

Sharapova wins the Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Russia's Maria Sharapova won the Qatar Open Sunday in Doha, Qatar, with a three-set victory over compatriot Vera Zvonareva.

Sharapova advances to Qatar final

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova and Russian compatriot Vera Zvonareva Saturday reached the finals of the $2.5 million Qatar Open tennis tournament in Doha.
Sharapova through to Qatar semifinals

Sharapova through to Qatar semifinals

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova dropped just one game Friday in advancing to the semifinals of the $2.5 million Qatar Open in Doha.
Sharapova, Jankovic avoid Qatar upset bug

Sharapova, Jankovic avoid Qatar upset bug

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova advanced but a trio of high seeds failed to get past Thursday's second round at the $2.5 million Qatar Open tennis tournament.
Sharapova plans tennis center in Vietnam

Sharapova plans tennis center in Vietnam

LAI THIEU , Vietnam, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova, fifth in the latest world women's tennis rankings, announced plans to open a tennis center in southern Vietnam.

Sharapova, Ivanovic advance

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic and No. 4 Maria Sharapova were second-round winners Wednesday at the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar.

Sharapova leads Russia's Fed Cup win

RAMAT HASHARON, Israel, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze Sunday won their matches to complete defending champion Russia's 4-1 Fed Cup quarterfinal victory over Israel.

Sharapova wins Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova won the third major title of her career Saturday, capturing the Australian Open with a 7-5, 6-3 decision over Ana Ivanovic.
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Maria Sharapova
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

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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