She later reached the semifinals at the Cellular South Cup, where she lost to eventual champion Vera Zvonareva. “I have a very small group I rely on, whose opinion I very much call for.” It’s key to have those people, even, she said, “as you become more confident in your own voice and your own choices. Fans will have the unique opportunity to play a virtual tennis match against Sharapova in an on-site activation called ‘You vs. Sharapova.’ Yet, what is arguably most impressive about Sharapova’s portfolio is her long-standing partnership with 1 Victoria Azarenka in a rematch of the Australian Open final, but lost again in straight sets. Sharapova started her summer hard-court season at the 2011 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California. That autumn, Sharapova won titles in back-to-back weeks at the Zurich Open and the Generali Ladies Linz. , Sharapova clinched the US Open Series by defending her title at the Acura Classic, her only championship of the year, and reaching the semifinals in Los Angeles. 2007: Return to No.  She was then beaten by eventual champion Serena Williams in straight sets.  Sharapova would have finished the season as world No. , A week later, she competed at the Madrid Open, reaching the final, again without dropping a set. Sharapova then remained in China for the Tianjin Open, which was her first appearance at the tournament. She then won all three of her round-robin matches, and achieved 1st position in her group. “With a consumer product, you can’t get big and then figure out your logistics infrastructure, production, and supply.  Chris Evert expressed her surprise at the lack of support in tennis for Sharapova, noting that she "[had] always isolated herself from the rest of the tennis world, from the players".  As the third seed at the US Open, Sharapova defeated top seed Mauresmo for the first time in the semifinals, and then followed up by beating second seed Justine Henin to win her second Grand Slam singles title.. Sharapova's next tournament was the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Due to being unable to defend her finalist points from the year before, she relinquished the world No. “They seemed to be the right people, who understood Maria, and the right size -- not too big or too small,” Kenny said. Transliteration Marija Jur’evna Šarapova; Betonung: María Júr’evna Šarápova, engl. Sugarpova’s in-house PR team, meanwhile, has been brought in to help program participants understand how to “get noticed the right way by the right people,” said Bishop. Her parents, Yuri Sharapov and Yelena, are from Gomel, Byelorussian SSR. She was stunned in the third round by American teenager Melanie Oudin.  Despite having not previously won a match in two months, Sharapova topped her round-robin group at the tournament, after winning all three of her matches, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, and Daniela Hantuchová. Sharapova followed up with a straight set win over Rebecca Peterson and a three set victory over defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. , During the summer grass-court season, Sharapova played in Birmingham, losing in the semifinals to Li Na. In April, she won Stuttgart Open, her first title of the year and 30th of her career by defeating Ana Ivanovic in three sets. He isn’t concerned that Sharapova has no experience with design, and comes with plenty of opinions. Marija Jurjewna Scharapowa (russisch Мария Юрьевна Шарапова, wiss. , Sharapova returned for the French Open. 2, due to Sharapova's not playing any match after Wimbledon (where she reached the semifinals but lost to Serena), including US Open, due to injuries. “Fini really helped us,” said Eisenbud. I have been honest and upfront. Image credit: Sharapova defeated Yaroslava Shvedova and Carla Suárez Navarro. Sharapova's run ended in the second round with a straight sets lost to Angelique Kerber. She hit her first tennis ball when she was 4 years old.  For the semifinals, she was given permission to skip the tie, with Tarpishchev announcing that she will be on the team for the final. The fashion industry grabbed hold, too, bolstered by early support from tennis fan Anna Wintour, who put her on the cover of Teen Vogue. Sharapova stated, "I'm sure when I was 17 years old and someone said, you'll be playing for another eight years, it would be like, you're not going to see me at a press conference at 25 years old.  Although she was scheduled to play exhibition at the Hawaii Open a week later, she pulled out of the tournament because she was unprepared.  The following fortnight, she defeated Venus Williams in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open, before being beaten again by Serena Williams.  This was most notable when she won the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 U.S. Open and 2008 Australian Open crowns, where she had her career breakthrough and played her peak tennis level, respectively. She ended the year as world No. There, she was beaten by Svetlana Kuznetsova for the first time since 2008. 14, having improved from No. “And about that time, she came to me and said, ‘You know, I’m enjoying these collaborations, but I want to make my own decisions,’” said Eisenbud.  In 2007, Sharapova was featured in a number of Canon USA's commercials for the PowerShot. 369, her lowest ranking since August 2002. After reaching the final, Sharapova recaptured the world No.  Sharapova advanced to the semi-finals where she was beaten in straight sets by Serena Williams.  This marked her first final in over three years at a Grand Slam event. In the semifinals, Sharapova defeated Angelique Kerber to advance to the final for the second year in a row. An example of just how in the weeds these two major industry players will get: Sugarpova has a chocolate bar that’s milk chocolate with strawberry.  She then rebounded by winning a smaller American event, the Cellular South Cup, her 21st career WTA title and first of the year.  As second seed, she received a bye into the second round, where she beat Tamarine Tanasugarn. She understands return on investment and looks as these relationships as partnerships.  Sharapova then reached the quarterfinals of the French Open for the second consecutive year, before losing to eventual champion Henin.  Sharapova received a wildcard to enter the Qatar Open, losing in three sets to Monica Niculescu in the opening round. There, she defeated fifth seed and former champion Lindsay Davenport. NAWBO, for its part, was thrilled by the idea of partnering with Sharapova. If you tell me five issues you’re having trouble with, I can probably think of solutions for each of them. I just don't see how he could work with the rest of us."  The latter withdrawal led to Russia's captain saying she would be "ineligible for selection" for the Fed Cup final in September. Her 18th birthday was sponsored by Motorola. The other "communications"? She then received a wildcard into Wuhan Open and received a bye into the 2nd round.  Sharapova competed on the WTA tour from 2001 to 2020 and had been ranked world No.  After being with Prince for ten years, Sharapova began endorsing Head racquets in 2011 and uses the Head YOUTEK IG Instinct. , Sharapova considered changing her name to ‘Sugarpova’ for the duration of the 2013 US Open for advertising reasons.. A week later Sharapova withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing a shoulder injury, which prematurely ended her season..  She won five Grand Slam titles — two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, winning 36 titles in total, including the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004.  To cap off her first full season as a professional, she was awarded the WTA Newcomer of the Year honor. Sharapova then participated in GDF Suez where she was upset in the semifinals to fellow Russian and eventual tournament winner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. Citing the left forearm injury sustained at the start of the year, Sharapova withdrew from the Qatar Open, and a week before the BNP Paribas Open, she withdrew from that for the same reason.. “I find that overall success, no matter in what arena, is driven by the same disciplines. After losing the first set, Sharapova managed to claim the next two sets and her third Rome title.  On 31 August 2012, Sharapova confirmed that the pair had ended the engagement and separated earlier that year. At the 2014 Western & Southern Open, Sharapova was seeded 5th and defeated Madison Keys after having a first round bye. She defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu, Alison Riske and Zarina Diyas to advance to the semifinals, where she fell to defending champion Katerina Siniakova. At the U.S. Open, Sharapova was the 14th seed. 1 Henin in a match that lasted 3 hours and 24 minutes. In the spring of 2014, Sales for 2017 have been estimated at $10 to $12 million, and while the company declines to confirm that figure, it will say that business continues to grow at double digits year over year. I don’t actually know what I’m doing.’”.  She comes up with design ideas and sketches in a process that begins 18 months before the event and receives royalties from the sale of the collection, of which the corresponding dresses are coordinated to be available simultaneously with the corresponding major tournament. But they came away satisfied. 9. Winning Wimbledon in 2004, as Sharapova explained to Forbes, only spurred her focus even more when it came to her off-the-court endeavors.  On 5 December, Sharapova won an exhibition match against world No. In the final, she was defeated by Victoria Azarenka, despite a late comeback in the second set. " In an interview after the 2008 Australian Open, she balked at the idea of playing for another ten years, saying that she hoped to have a "nice husband and a few kids" by then. I didn't take the medicine every day. , Following in the footsteps of tennis players who started clothing lines such as Fred Perry and René Lacoste, Sharapova launched her own tennis apparel line, the Nike Maria Sharapova Collection, in 2010. Sharapova's next tournament was the 2015 Australian Open, where she beat Petra Martić and fellow countrywoman Alexandra Panova (despite having two match points against her) in the first two rounds, before beating Zarina Diyas and Peng Shuai in straight sets. Sharapova had multiple coaches throughout her career including Robert Lansdorp, Yuri Sharapov, Michael Joyce in 2004–11, Jimmy Connors in 2013, Sven Groeneveld in 2013–18, Thomas Högstedt in 2011–13, 2018–19, and Riccardo Piatti in 2019–2020. At the Indian Wells, after battling for over three hours, Sharapova defeated compatriot Maria Kirilenko to set up a semifinal meeting with Ana Ivanovic. Larisa Neiland, assistant to Russia Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev, added: "Her father's behaviour (at the WTA Tour Championships) was simply outrageous. However, she was upset in the fourth round in straight sets by the 15th-seeded Sabine Lisicki, whom she beat in the previous year's semifinals. Eisenbud, for one, trusts in her instincts.  She won both her singles rubbers, against Tzipora Obziler and Shahar Pe'er, helping Russia to a 4–1 victory.  Sharapova's next tournament was the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan. At the 2009 US Open, Sharapova was seeded 29th. Seeded 13th and aged 17 at Wimbledon, she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by defeating Ai Sugiyama. She was defeated by 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova from Latvia in the fourth round. However, Serena won the second and dominated the third set.  In the latter match, Sharapova held three match points while leading 5–3 on Clijsters's serve late in the second set, but could not convert them.