Sharapova started 2006 by losing in the semifinals of the
Australian Open in three sets to Henin, also losing a
rematch several weeks later at the Dubai Tennis
Championships, having defeated former world no. 1 Martina
Hingis and world no. 3 Lindsay Davenport in earlier rounds
of the tournament.
Sharapova claimed her first title in nine months at the Tier
I tournament in Indian Wells, defeating Hingis in the
semifinals and Elena Dementieva in the final. The following
fortnight, she reached the final in Miami before losing to
Missing the entire clay-court season with injury, Sharapova
returned for the French Open. There, after saving match
points in defeating Mashona Washington in the first round,
she was eliminated by Dinara Safina in the fourth round.
On grass, Sharapova was unsuccessful in her attempt to win
in Birmingham for the third consecutive year, losing in the
semifinals to Jamea Jackson. Despite that, she was among the
title favorites at Wimbledon, where the eventual champion
Mauresmo ended up beating her in the semifinals.
Sharapova claimed her second title of the year at the Tier I
Acura Classic, defeating Clijsters for the first time in the
As the third seed at the US Open, Sharapova defeated top
seed Mauresmo for the first time in the semifinals, and then
followed up by beating second seed Justine Henin to win her
second Grand Slam singles title.
That autumn, Sharapova won titles in back-to-back weeks at
the Zurich Open and the Generali Ladies Linz. By winning all
three of her round-robin matches at the WTA Tour
Championships, she extended her win streak to 19 matches,
before it was snapped in the semifinals by eventual champion
Sharapova would have finished the season as world no. 1 had
she won the event. As it was, she finished ranked world no.
2, her best year-end finish yet.
2008 TAG Heuer Promo shoot - 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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