From 2003, Sharapova played a full season and made a rapid climb into the top 50 by the
end of the year. She made her debuts at both the Australian Open and the French Open,
but failed to win a match in either.
It was not until the grass season that she began to fulfill her promise, beating a top-20
player for the first time and reaching her first semifinal at the WTA level.
Then, as a wildcard at Wimbledon, she defeated 11th seed Jelena Dokić to reach the fourth
round, where she lost in three sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova.
By the end of September, Sharapova had already captured her first WTA title at a
smaller event, the Japan Open Tennis Championships, before winning her second in her final
tournament of the season, the Bell Challenge. To cap off her first full season as a
professional, she was awarded the WTA Newcomer of the Year honor.
Pre-Wimbledon Player Party - Maria Sharapova Photoshoot
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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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