Sharapova has lived in the United States since moving there at the age of seven.
Besides a home in Bradenton, Florida, she also has residences in Manhattan
Sharapova was engaged to Slovenian professional basketball player Sasha Vujacic, who plays for the Anadolu Efes S.K. in Istanbul, Turkey.
The two had been dating since 2009. On August 31, 2012, Sharapova confirmed that the engagement was off and that they had broken up in spring of 2012. From 2005–2011, Sharapova
has been named in Forbes Celebrity 100. This lists her as one of the top 100
most powerful celebrities of the year.
Sharapova has made varying remarks on how long she intends to maintain her tennis career. Following the retirement of 25-year-old Justine Henin in 2008, Sharapova
said, If I was 25 and I'd won so many Grand Slams, I'd quit too. In an
interview after the 2008 Australian Open, she balked at the idea of playing for
another ten years, saying that she hoped to have a nice husband and a few kids
However in an interview before her 2012 Australian Open semifinal, Sharapova changed her stance, saying she intended to continue playing tennis for as long as she enjoyed playing the game. Sharapova stated "I'm sure when I was 17 years old and someone said, you'll be playing for another eight years, it would be like, you're not going to see me at a press conference at 25 years old. But years go on.
I missed a year in my career—I didn't play that year. I've said this, just
before the tournament, a few weeks before, I woke up and I was just so happy to
be going back on the court. I felt so fresh, full of energy, just with a really
good perspective. Times change, obviously. I see myself playing this sport for
many more years because it's something that gives me the most pleasure in my
life. I think it helps when you know you're good at something, and you can
always improve it. It obviously helps with the encouragement.
At the 2004 US Open, Sharapova, along with several other Russian female tennis players, wore a black ribbon in observance of the tragedy after the Beslan
school hostage crisis, which took place only days before.
In 2005, she donated around US$50,000 to those affected by the crisis.
On February 14, 2007, Sharapova was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) and donated US$210,000 to UNDP Chernobyl-recovery projects. She stated at
the time that she was planning to travel back to the area after Wimbledon in
2008, though it didn't happen, as she had to travel back to the US because of
shoulder injury. She fulfilled the trip in late June – early July 2010.
Sharapova has helped to promote the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In addition, with Angela Haynes, Maria Kirilenko, Nicole Vaidiov, Rennae Stubbs, Governor Jeb Bush and Jennifer Capriati, Sharapova
participated in an exhibition in Tampa in December 2004, raising money for the
Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.
In July 2008, Sharapova sent a message on DVD to the memorial service of cancer victim Emily Bailes, who had performed the coin toss ahead of the 2004 Wimbledon final that Sharapova had gone on to win.
Maria Sharapova born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. As of February 25, 2013 she is ranked world no. 3.
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