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Maria Sharapova
"I didn't leave my mom at the age of seven for nothing. I didn't spend six hours a day practising tennis in the Florida sun at the age of nine for nothing…"
Full name: Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
DOB: April 19, 1987
Place of birth: Nyagan, Siberia, Russia
Occupation: Tennis player, Model

Her History in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women

2009 #45 | 2008 #30 | 2007 #44 | 2006 #56 | 2005 #36

Maria Sharapova facts

  • Maria is the highest-paid sportswoman in the world, with annual earnings nudging $20m.

  • Tennis' hottest property in years, with a Wimbledon win and US and Aussie Open titles.

  • Signed sponsorship deals with Nike, Pepsi, Tag Heuer, Microsoft and more.

  • She's 6'2" and engaged to an NBA basketball player. Obviously.

Why we love Maria Sharapova

We were so, so wrong about Anna Kournikova – it was a bit like putting a tennis racquet in Keeley Hazell's hands and going, "Good luck!" But Sharapova is the business; a string of Grand Slam singles titles, a trademarked swinging volley that would shatter your nose and, of course, a body to die for.

Most famously of all, she won Wimbledon when she was just 17, by which time she was pretty much a fully-fledged Yank, having defected to the country when she was seven. And boy did she have a purpose: Papa Sharapova was determined to make his daughter the best damn player in the world, although he did give her five minutes off for a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot in 2006. Cheers, pops...

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