Sharapova extends winning streak

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova extended her winning streak to seven matches Thursday with a victory over Sofia Arvidsson at the Seat Open Luxembourg.

Sharapova, Molik winners at Seat Open

, Luxembourg, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova of Russia advanced Tuesday to the second round of the Seat Open with a win over the world's top ranked junior, Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.

Schuettler, Sharapova win Japan Open

TOKYO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Rainer Schuettler of Germany got his first title of the year Sunday with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 win over Sebastien Grosjean of France in the Japan Open.

Five seeds advance at Japan Open

TOKYO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Top seed Rainer Schuettler cruised Tuesday and four other seeds also advanced in the second round of the Japan Open.

Clijsters nears No. 1 ranking

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Kim Clijsters crushed French lefthander Emilie Loit Wednesday, 6-1, 6-1, in the second round of the JP Morgan Chase Open.

Sharapova, Likhovtseva win openers

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Russian teenager Maria Sharapova beat Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik, 6-3, 6-1, Monday to advance at the JP Morgan Chase Open.

Sharapova defeats Dokic

LONDON, June 28 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova defeated 11th seed Jelena Dokic Saturday in a 6-4, 6-4 win, continuing her Wimbledon streak.

Maleeva reaches final at DFS Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 14 (UPI) -- Magdalena Maleeva fought back from the brink of defeat Saturday to reach the final of the grasscourt DFS Classic.

Raymond reaches DFS Classic third round

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 10 (UPI) -- Former champion Lisa Raymond reached the third round of the DFS Classic Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Russian Anastassia Rodionova.

French Open begins Monday

PARIS, May 25 (UPI) -- Serena Williams opens defense of her French Open crown Monday as she attempts to continue her domination of Grand Slam events.

Australian Open Women's Draw

MELBOURNE, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The women's draw for the 2003 Australian Open:

Australian Open Women's Draw

MELBOURNE, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The women's draw for the 2003 Australian Open:

Hewitt advances in Japan

TOKYO, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Top seed Lewitt Hewitt avoided the upset bug Wednesday at the rain-delayed Japan Open as three other seeds from the top 10 fell out of the tournament.

Hewitt wins first Wimbledon title

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- Lleyton Hewitt, etching his name alongside the great Australian champions of the past with his first Wimbledon crown, routed No. 28 David Nalbandian of Argentin

Seles reaches third round

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 7 (UPI) -- Seeded Americans Monica Seles and Meghann Shaughnessy rolled into the third round Thursday at the Pacific Life Open.
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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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