MIKE DICKSON: Despite the various spins being put on the decision to reduce Maria Sharapova's doping violation ban from two years to 15 months, it is no cause for celebration in any quarter of tennis.
Born in Russia in 1987, Maria Sharapova moved to the U. at an early age and began training at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
She won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.
Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis's best competitors, with John Mc Enroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.
Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme.
It amounts to one of her smarter public relations moves in the whole saga, for there was no chance she would be receiving one from the All England Club anyway.Maria will get to know a lot of hotels this year in Australia, Madrid , Moscow , Bangkok etc. after checking Maria’s busy upcoming schedule for 2006 We are looking forward to forthcoming tournaments in 2006 when Maria will play in classic venues such as Rome - 15th - 21 st May 2006 WTA Telecom Masters Roma, Rome, Italy. Tennis player Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Siberia, Russia.After learning to play tennis as a young child, she moved with her father to Florida, earning a scholarship to train at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy at age 9.Maria Sharapova Australian Open 2006 Warming up - you will to when you see Maria in a swimsuit in Sports Illustrated A few months earlier there is 30th - 5th February ATP Internazion ali di Lombardi in Italy, Milan not as classical as Rome but Milan is the centre of style in Italy and as Sharapova loves style we are sure Maria will enjoy shopping in some of the famous designer boutiques. 2005 saw Maria playing in the WTA China Open, Beijing, China, ATP Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand , Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Germany to name a few. In 2016, she was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation following her positive test for a banned substance.After an appeal, her suspension was reduced to 15 months, allowing her to return to competition in April 2017.Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.She appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, being the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan.After turning professional at age 14, she burst into the spotlight by winning the 2004 Wimbledon women's singles title.Sharapova became the 10th woman to earn a career Grand Slam with her French Open win in 2012, and she added a second French crown in 2014.Her 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams.