Maria Sharapova | Wimbledon Ladies’ Tennis Players | Wimbledon Championships Odds
Once the darling of Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova has some way to go before she can once again claim the summit of a grand slam tournament. A shoulder injury has proven to be a massive setback for Sharapova, yet she remains a skilled, classy player who could upset the odds at Wimbledon in 2010.
Maria Sharapova Bio
Maria Sharapova was born on April 19th, 1987 in the Soviet Union. Sharapova was born in the vicinity of the Chernoybl Nuclear Plant and was forced to move away following the accident at the station. As a result she grew up in Belarus, where her father befriended the father of future Russian star, Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
Sharapova was soon playing tennis regularly and at the age of seven was spotted by Martina Navratilova at a tennis clinic in Moscow. Sharapova subsequently moved to Florida to attend Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy. By the age of 14 Sharapova had reached the final of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Maria Sharapova Playing Style
Maria Sharapova is a consummate baseline player with a repertoire of powerful, deep, backhand and forehand shots. Sharapova’s service game was once one of her assets but has been affected by her shoulder problems, and is now a source of unforced errors.
Sharapova is nimble and mobile around the court, and has developed a collection of shots to improve her net game and compensate for loss of power off her serve. She’s acknowledge for her aggression on the court, and notorious for her deafening and unsettling grunting during matches.
Maria Sharapova Achievements
Maria Sharapova is best known for winning her first grand slam tournament, the 2004 Wimbledon Open championships, at the age of just 17. Following this victory Sharapova went on to achieve grand slam titles in Australia and the US Open, also reaching the semifinals of the French Open. Sharapova has also reached the semifinals of the French Open.
Maria Sharapova Wimbledon Form
Maria Sharapova is still in the process of rebuilding her career following debilitating surgery on her shoulder. This injury has had a strong impact on her service game, which has in turn impacted her overall confidence. Wimbledon’s grass courts are perfectly suited to her game, and she could be a threat in the final rounds if she manages to build confidence at Wimbledon in 2010.
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