On June 8, 2016, she was suspended from playing tennis for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
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.
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.
Her parents, Yuri and Yelena, are from Gomel, Belarussian SSR.
Concerned about the regional effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, they left their homeland shortly before Maria was born.
She appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, being the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan.
her first win over a top-20 player, to reach the fourth round, where she lost in three sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Before she entered the IMG business, she trained with Rick Macci, in the Rick Macci Tennis Academy. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks.During the spring clay-court season, Sharapova entered the top 20 on the WTA world rankings as a result of reaching the third round of the Qatar Telecom German Open and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, both of which were Tier I events.At the latter event, she defeated a player ranked in the top 10 for the first time with a straight-sets win over world No. Later that clay-court season, she went on to make the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time at the French Open, losing there to Paola Suárez.She had tested positive for meldonium, a substance that had been banned, effective January 1, 2016 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).