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Maria Sharapova: Cinderella returned to their homeland by the Queen

October 3 2005

The plane with the first "racket" of the world has landed on October 1 at the international airport Sheremetyevo-1 ". Maria Sharapova was not at home for 11 years.

The famous tennis player was born and spent her childhood in particular in Russia, but in the age of seven she moved with her family to America to really doing a great tennis.

"When I was leaving with her parents from Russia I was 7 years old - told the girl on a short press conference upon arrival at home - and no one knows what will come of my departure to the U.S.. And here I am again in the same airport, only this time with the rank of first "racket" in the world. I very much want to see the city, to see how things have changed. When I was flying, very worried, as I meet here. I know that it came home, and I hope that as everyone thinks. "

The official reason for the arrival in Russia was the participation in the upcoming Sharapova Kremlin Cup. However, the tennis player makes no secret that in addition to participating in the tournament, the program stay in Russia is very rich. In addition to sightseeing and shopping, will and important meetings and appearing on various social events. In addition, perhaps, Mary visits her native Siberian town of Nyagan, where she was born April 19, 1987.

In Nyagan parents of the future stars of courts have moved from Homel, escaping from the Chernobyl accident.

Tennis entered the girl's life when she was 4,5 years old by the time her family has lived in Sochi. Masha's father Yuri Sharapov - a big fan of tennis regularly took his daughter with him to train. There Masha first picked up a racquet, the same girl saw her first coach Yury Yudkin.

It is curious that his father was friends with Masha's father, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and that Eugene gave Masha first racket.

The coach was hit zeal and determination of future champions.

In six years, Maria Sharapova had a chance to play with Martina Navratilova when she gave a master class in Moscow. Navratilova, making out the talent in young tennis player quite yet, it is strongly advised his father to give Masha a tennis academy of Nick Bollettieri, who is in Florida. Wise father of Mary, who now, incidentally, goes with her daughter at most tournaments, heeded the advice of the great tennis player, and soon moved to America with Masha. Helped in moving and Tennis Federation of Russia. Mama Maria, Elena, was able to move to the U.S. only two years later when she received permission to travel.

Yuri Sharapov has revised all the coaches in America and chose the best for her daughter - is Robert Lansdorp. He has trained such champions as Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport and Tracy Austin.

For adult tournaments Maria made her debut in 2001 - in Sarasota, where, however, lost in first round. Two , having received a personal invitation from the organizers, Maria successfully performed at Wimbledon, he entered among the sixteen best.

A July 3, 2004 has come true dream machine - she won Wimbledon, confident, beautiful, and brazenly beaten in the final women's singles a double winner of this tournament, threatening an American Serena Williams has turned from hopeful, promising and talented player in a new bright star of world tennis. Unfortunately, to win second victory at Wimbledon, Maria did not happen. She reached only the semi-finals and lost to an American Venus Williams.

Life 18-year-old beauty was not confined to monotonous training sessions and hard tennis matches.Maria Sharapova recently accepted the offer of American producers play in the successful soap opera called "Desperate Housewives," which now comes with success on channel ABC, BBC and tells of the harsh everyday life of the five ladies who live in an affluent American suburb.

Maria Sharapova is called "the best-selling" female athlete in history. Her total earnings from tennis and advertising is $ 15 million a year.

Titles showered on Mary, as a horn of plenty.
Sharapova became the sole representative of Russia, who entered the prestigious list of fifty most beautiful people in the world, published by the magazine "People". The name of our compatriot was on the same row with the names of Hollywood's top stars - Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie.

Forbes magazine has included Mary in the number of "100 most influential world-famous celebrities, and in this impressive list of Mary was the only Russian woman.

Before each, even the most famous athlete, sooner or later the question arises - what to do when great sport for him over? Many prefer to completely change the scope of activities. Someone becomes a coach. Thus, the Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva, retired from sports, not turned to the sport of the road. How to write a lot of media prima busy creating his own gymnastics center. Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Maria Kiseleva few years ago has become a leading show "Weakest Link", while continuing a career.

A well-known tennis player Anna Kournikova has chosen a different path and chose sports career, show business. Sportswoman of the leading tried myself on television, filmed for advertising, etc. As for Sharapova, she plans to do fashion design.

And there is every reason to believe that in this case it will succeed, because in 2004 she became the winner of the prize "Astra" in the category of "Style in the sport."

See also:

Maria Sharapova found her "soul mate"

Maria Sharapova: a beauty that screams ... and wins

Maria Sharapova: Kournikova is only one

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