Maria Sharapova Player Profile
Maria Sharapova: Won her only Wimbledon title back in 2004
It's now 11 years since the blonde bombshell exploded onto the Wimbledon scene, winning the title at the age of 17.
It is something of a surprise though that she has been in only one final in SW19 since then, that coming in 2011 when she lost to Petra Kvitova.
In fact that 2011 run is the only occasion since 2006 that Sharapova has been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon and that has to be a concern for anyone thinking of backing her.
She's had more success on the clay of Roland Garros in recent years, twice winning the title there in her last four visits, although her title defence this year ended in a shock defeat to Lucie Safarova.
Renowned for her focus on court - look out for the pre-serve routine at the back of the court - Sharapova is arguably the toughest player mentally on the WTA tour so her opponents know they will have to see out a match rather than wait for her to lose it.
Her serve is a weapon, particularly on grass, but it has also been a problem in the past; when off it can throw up numerous double faults.
In short, there look more likely winners of the title than Sharapova, who is currently dating men's star Grigor Dimitrov. The couple will doubtless get plenty of tabloid attention during the fortnight.
- Nationality: RUS
- Date Of Birth: April 19, 1987
- Became Pro: 2001
- Height: 1.88 m
|29/06/15||J Konta||All England Lawn Tennis Championships||R1||Won||2-6, 2-6|
|01/06/15||L Safarova||French Open||R4||Lost||6-73, 4-6|
|29/05/15||S Stosur||French Open||R3||Won||6-3, 6-4|
|27/05/15||V Diatchenko||French Open||R2||Won||6-3, 6-1|
|25/05/15||K Kanepi||French Open||R1||Won||6-2, 6-4|
|17/05/15||C Suarez-Navarro||WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia||F||Won||6-4, 5-7, 1-6|
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