Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a former World No. 1 Russian professional tennis player and three time Grand Slam singles champion. As of May 3, 2010, she is ranked World No. 13.
Maria Sharapova was born in 1987 to Yuri and Elena, ethnic Russians, in the town of Nyagan' in Siberia, Russia. Her parents moved from Gomel, Belarus after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 affected the region. When Sharapova was two, the family moved to Sochi where her father befriended Aleksandr Kafelnikov, whose son Yevgeny would go on to win two Grand Slam singles titles and become Russia's first ever World No. 1 tennis player. Aleksandr gave Sharapova her first tennis racket at the age of four, whereupon she began practicing regularly with her father in a local park.
At the age of seven, Sharapova attended a tennis clinic in Moscow run by Martina Navrátilová, who recommended professional training at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, which had previously trained players such as Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Anna Kournikova. Sharapova and her father, neither of whom could speak English, moved to Florida in 1994. Visa restrictions prevented Sharapova's mother from joining them for two years. Sharapova's father took various low-paying jobs, including dish washing, to fund her lessons before she was admitted to the academy. In 1995, she was signed by IMG and finally enrolled in the academy.
Maria Sharapova is definitely among the hottest female athletes of all time. This Russian beauty has all what it takes to reach tennis immortality, not only because of her play but most of all because of her fantastic look. There is almost impossible to find some photo where Maria Sharapova doesn't look hot. And when I say hot I mean awesomely hot. Some say hot beyond belief, and many believe she's the hottest female tennis player today, and the only real heiress to throne left by the one and only Anna Kournikova. In any case she's a tennis girl that deserves special attention so make sure to take a good long look. After all we are talking about a real beauty.
Maria Sharapova is really a perfect mix of hotness and elegance but don't get me wrong I could also imagine her as the wild Amazon woman, though it is much easier to picture her in fancy evening dresses, standing proudly on the red carper surrounded by dozens of photographers than with spear in her hand as she hunts wild animals. Maria Sharapova has that special sexy look in her eyes like she's saying: "I know I'm so hot". And she definitely is hot, among the hottest female athletes in history. Her long legs are probably the best part of her awesome looking body, and when matched with some sexy dress you've got the feeling you're looking at some movie icon. Well if she decides to start acting career after the tennis I would certainly look at her movies, at least for old times sake.