Maria Sharapova 2004 Wimbledon Champion

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray was born on 15th of May 1987, to Judy and Will in Glasgow, Scotland. As his mother was a tennis coach, he started playing tennis at the early age of three and in 2005 turned pro. In 1996, aged 8, Andy Murray survived the Dunblane Massacre where his primary school was targeted.

Murray’s first breakthrough was winning the U-12s Orange Bowl world championships, at Florida in 1999. Murray won his debut Junior Wimbledon in 2002. Murray became the 2004 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year after winning the junior men’s title at US Open. 2005 saw Andy Murray become Davis Cup’s youngest player from Britain when he faced Israel. He defeated World No. 14 Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-4 6-4 at Wimbledon on the same day that Tim Henman was ousted from the tournament. Post 2005 Wimbledon, Andy Murray rose 99 places to reach the 213th in the ATP rankings. This made him the highest ranked Briton. This was just the start of a phenomenal rise up the rankings.

February 2006 saw Murray beating Lleyton Hewitt at the finals of the SAP Open held in San Jose. After this win, 18 year old Andy Murray became the fourth youngest tennis player to go on to win an ATP Open – before Federer and older than Nadal, Borg and  Hewitt. His world ranking propelled to 47th. August 2006 proved a turning-point for him when he beat Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 at Cincinnati Masters in straight sets.

Andy Murray gained a career-high ranking of 15th in 2007. He also became a top 10 player after Tommy Haas, Murray’s rival for the tenth place failed to reach the semi-finals of US Clay Court Championships.

Murray started 2008 by capturing the fourth and fifth titles of his career, winning the Qatar Open and the Open 13. He again beat Roger Federer at the Dubai Championship in March 2008 which proved his immense potential. In July 2008, Andy Murray reached his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final in Wimbledon but was thwarted by Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Novak Djokovic was beaten by Andy Murray beat in the final of the Series Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio in August 2008. It was the first Masters Series title won by Murray and he became No. 6 in the world rankings. September 2008 saw Murray beat Rafael Nadal at the U.S Open, earning a berth in the final against Roger Federer where he was beaten in straight sets. It thwarted his chances of becoming the first British player since Fred Perry (1936) to win one of the four major singles titles.

Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal , to win the World Tennis Tournament final in Rotterdam in February 2009. In April 2009 Andy Murray won his third Masters title defeating Novak Djokovic at the Sony Ericsson Open. 2010 saw Murray beaten yet again by Roger Federer at the Australian Open. In August 2010, Andy Murray made a come back by beating Roger Federer thereby retaining the Rogers Cup title in Toronto. In January 2011, Andy Murray reached the final of the Australian Open but was beaten by Novak Djokovic.

In 2008, Andy Murray released his autobiography Hitting Back, which traces his personal life and career. He is a talented young player with a lot of potential to make a mark on court in the coming future.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova was born in a town in western Siberia, Nyagan, on April 19, 1987. She spent her childhood at Sochi. After her fourth birthday, when she received Yevgeny’s old Dunlop tennis racquets, who was the son of a family friend, Aleksandr Kafelnikov, she got hooked on to tennis. She started taking tennis lessons from Yuri Yutkin, a veteran coach.

When Martina Navratilova spotted her at a tennis workshop, she was astounded by the talent of the 6-year-old Maria Sharapova. She recommended her to join the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. When she was only 7, Maria Sharapova’s father, Yuri, decided to take her to the U.S. in spite of not knowing a word of English and having less than $1,000 in his pocket. After a long period of struggle, in 1995, IMG, agreed to sponsor Maria and provide $35,000 US per year for her to continue at the Bollettieri Academy.

Sharapova’s official tennis career began in 2001, upon joining the junior circuit. However she was allowed to play a limited number of matches on the professional tour. She won one match and lost two, one being against Monica Seles in the second round at Indian Wells, which was her first professional tournament. When the results of the season were drawn up, she was ranked 186th on the WTA charts. By 2003, she was in the big leagues.

Having joined the WTA Tour, she impressed everyone with her talent.  Wimbledon audiences were stunned when Sharapova beat Serena Williams in 2004. This huge win made her the first ever Russian to win a Wimbledon singles title and the third-youngest women’s champion in history.  At the 2006 US Open, Maria Sharapova won her second major defeating Amélie Mauresmo, then World No. 1 in the semifinals and World No. 2 Justine Henin in the final. A chronic shoulder injury affected Sharapova’s 2007 season and her ranking fell out of the top 5. After beating Henin in the quarterfinals and Ana Ivanović in the final, she won her third Grand Slam at the 2008 Australian Open. In May 2008, Sharapova reclaimed her World No. 1 rank but her shoulder problems returned, forcing her to pull out of the game for over ten months with a surgery. Ranked No. 126 in the world due to her extensive lay-off, she returned in May 2009.

Sharapova has won 4 singles titles and improved her ranking to within the top 5 since she returned to the court. Maria Sharapova has won a total of 23 WTA singles titles- three Grand Slam singles titles at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open.

Maria Sharapova on four occasions was ranked as World No. 1 in singles. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on Aug 22, 2005 and last regained the ranking for the fourth time on May 19, 2008. She has been in 5 Grand Slam finals till date and is currently ranked as World No. 5.

Beyond tennis Maria Sharapova has featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. She has featured in several advertisements for Canon, Nike and Prince. She is also the face of several fashion houses. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), concerned predominantly with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme since February 2007. Sharapova was named one of the top 100 most powerful celebrities of the year in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2011.

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