February 2007 Maria Sharapova became a UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)'s Goodwill Ambassador supporting numerous campaigns and organizations. She started Maria Sharapova Foundation to help for children and people affected by disasters and sicknesses, she is also helping children to make true their dreams, she donated $100,000 to Chernobyl-related projects. Recently, in partnership with the UNDP, Maria launched a $210,000 scholarship program for students from Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus. that will award five-year scholarships to 12 students at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the Belarusian State University.
“It has always been my dream to contribute to the recovery of a region where I have a personal connection,” said Maria,
Career: Tennis Player
- WTA Player of the Year 2004
- WTA Most Improved Player of the Year 2004
- ESPY Best Female Tennis Player 2005
- Prix de Citron Roland Garros 2005
- Whirlpool 6th Sense Player of the Year 2006
- ESPY Best Female Tennis Player 2007
- ESPY Best International Female Athlete 2007
- ESPY Best Female Tennis Player 2008
- WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player 2010
- WTA Humanitarian of the Year 2010
- ESPY Best Female Tennis Player2012
- Medal of the Order For Merit to the Fatherland 2nd Class (April 28, 2012) – for her philanthropic activity
- Medal of the Order For Merit to the Fatherland 1st Class (August 13, 2012) – for her outstanding contribution to the development of physical cultures and sports at the XXX Olympic Games in 2012 in London (Great Britain)
Tennis player Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Siberia, Russia. She started playing tennis since his childhood and at age 9shewereenrolledintennis academyin Florida, shebecame professional player at age of 14.She achieved her first WTA victory at the 2003 AIG Japan Openandshe was evenreached the fourth round at Wimbledon on her first attemptwithinat same year.shebecomeRussia's first woman Wimbledon championin 2004 and it was her most first success of career. She won the US Open in2006, and he wasonNo. 4in list of top playersin 2006.
2007, shoulder injury cause many losses her, but that still she was in list of top players, after a surgery to repair the injury in 2009, and after curring from injury she started to return to field in 2011. June 2012, Sharapova defeated Sara Errani in the women's French Open . In June 2014, Sharapova regained momentum when she won her second French Open title against Simona Halep.
October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and is the top Russian player.
Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004 against Serena Williams and has gone on to win the US Open and Australian Open. In 2012, she won the French Open, becoming the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games—Sharapova's Olympic debut—she won a silver medal in women's singles, losing the gold to American tennis star Serena Williams.
“I never made excuses for me, not to myself, not to people. I always relied on my own talent, on the help of my team. At the end of the day, that's really what gets me through and gets me up. I have a tremendous amount of belief and pride in what I do. I love my work. I've always said this: I love playing tennis.”