Favorites win in Berlin women's tennis

BERLIN, May 5 (UPI) -- The top four seeds -- Kim Clijsters, Amelie Mauresmo, Venus Williams and Anastasia Myskina -- won second-round matches Wednesday in the Ladies German Open.

Petrova, Capriati advance in Berlin event

BERLIN, May 4 (UPI) -- Nadia Petrova of Russia and American Jennifer Capriati, the fifth and sixth seeds, won second-round matches Tuesday in the Ladies German Open.

Serena Williams wins, Capriati ousted

MIAMI, March 28 (UPI) -- Serena Williams got past Elena Likhovtseva of Russia, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, Sunday to reach the fourth round of the $6.26 million Nasdaq-100 Open.

Henin-Hardenne advances at Pacific Life

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 14 (UPI) -- Top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne cruised into the third round of the Pacific Life Open Saturday, but will not be joined by last year's champion Kim Clijsters.

Enqvist ousts Roddick; Raymond in finals

MEMPHIS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Thomas Enqvist, Joachim Johansson, Mardy Fish and Nicolas Kiefer are semifinalists in the Kroger St. Jude indoor tennis tournament in Memphis.

Davenport advances at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Second seed Lindsay Davenport wasted little time Wednesday as she began defense of her Pan Pacific Open title in Tokyo.

Maleeva ousts Raymond in Pan Pacific

TOKYO, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria beat Lisa Raymond of the United States in the first round of Tokyo's Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday.

Raymond, Hantuchova in first-round action

TOKYO, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- American Lisa Raymond on Tuesday plays Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open.

Sharapova wins Bell Challenge

QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Unseeded Milagros Sequera was forced to retire from her first WTA Tour championship match Sunday in the $170,000 Bell Challenge at Quebec City.

Sequera reaches first career final

QUEBEC, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Unseeded Milagros Sequera continued her run at the Bell Challenge Saturday, reaching her first career WTA Tour final by beating top-seeded Mary Pierce.

Sharapova reaches semifinals

QUEBEC, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Second seed Maria Sharapova raced into the semifinals of the Bell Challenge Friday with a 6-1, 6-2 thumping of Russian compatriot Alina Jidkova.

Granville, Barna advance at Bell Challenge

QUEBEC, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Seeded players Laura Granville and Anca Barna advanced to the second Tuesday in the Bell Challenge tennis tournament.

One seed falls early at Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Mary Pierce and Maria Sharapova, the top two seeds, both had first-round byes Monday at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City.

Clijsters, Rubin reach final in Luxembourg

, Luxembourg, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Kim Clijsters moved closer to her fourth title here Saturday with a 6-0, 6-3 rout of Russian Maria Sharapova in the semifinals at the Seat Open Luxemburg.

Clijsters reaches semifinals

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Kim Clijsters defeated Emilie Loit, 6-4, 7-5, to advance to the semifinals Friday at the Seat Open Luxembourg.
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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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