Maria Sharapova Bio, News and Gossip

  • Maria Sharapova Biography: Coached by father Yuri Sharapov, Michael Joyce and Thomas Hogstedt; mother is Yelena ... Started playing at age 4; at age 6 took part in Moscow exhibition that featured Navratilova; began training at Bollettieri Academy at age 9 (required two-year separation from mother due to visa restrictions, finances) ... Also interested in fashion, singing, dancing, movies (favorites are Mona Lisa Smile, Something's Gotta Give, Love Actually) ... Enjoys reading books in the Sherlock Holmes and Pippi Longstocking series ... Prefers Russian and Thai cuisine; favorite dessert is French crêpes w/nutella; favorite drinks are orangina, virgin strawberry daiquiris ... Signed with IMG Models in 2003. ... At 2005 Australian Open, donated value of Porsche Cayenne she won at 2004 WTA Championships (approximately US$56,300) to those affected by school hostage crisis in Beslan.

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