1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks.
She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012.
Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme.
In 1989, when Sharapova was two, the family moved to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.Before she entered the IMG business, she trained with Rick Macci, in the Rick Macci Tennis Academy.She then was offered a deal from IMG which forced her to change academies.With money tight, Yuri Sharapov borrowed the sum that would enable him and his daughter, neither of whom could speak English, to travel to the United States of America, which they finally did in 1994.Sharapova's father took various low-paying jobs, including dishwashing, to fund her lessons until she was old enough to be admitted to the academy.