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Transcript of Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player and a former candidate of the WTA (Womans Tennis Assosiation)
She was born April, 19 in 1987 in the town of Nyagon, Russia.
Sharapova has won 24 WTA singles titles, including three Grand Slam singles titles at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open. She has also won the year-end WTA Tour Championships in 2004. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked Sharapova world no. 1 in singles on four separate occasions. She became the world no. 1 for the first time when she was only 18 and last regained the ranking for the fourth time on May 19, 2008. As of February 27, 2012, Sharapova is ranked world no. 2. She has been in six Grand Slam finals with the final record 3–3.
Sharapova celebrating after
winning the 2006 US Open
Sharapova at the
Sharapova's parents were originally from Belarus, but concerned about the regional effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, they left their homeland shortly before Sharapova was born. When Sharapova was two, the family moved to Sochi. There her father befriended Aleksandr Kafelnikov, whose son Yevgeny would try to win two Grand Slam singles titles and become Russia's first no. 1 world-ranked tennis player. Aleksandr gave Sharapova her first tennis racket at the age of four, whereupon she began practicing regularly with her father at a local park. She worked hard at the tennis court from after-school to late in the evening.
2003: Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Newcomer of the Year
2004: WTA Player of the Year, WTA Most Improved Player of the Year
2005: Named the country's best female player for the year by Russia's tennis federation, Master of Sports of Russia, Prix de Citron Roland Garros
2006: Named the country's best female player for the year by Russia's tennis federation, Whirlpool 6th Sense Player of the Year
2007: ESPY Best Female Tennis Player, ESPY Best International Female Athlete
2008: Named the January 2008 female Athlete of the Month by the United States Sports Academy for her performance at the Australian Open, ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
2010: WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player, WTA Humanitarian Of The Year, WTA Most Fashionable Player (On Court), WTA Most Fashionable Player (Off Court), WTA Most Dramatic Expression
Tennis is a sport played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players on each side (doubles). Each player uses a racket to strike a tennis ball over the net to the opponents side.
Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including people in wheelchairs as we saw in class. The rules of tennis are fairly simple. One player serves the ball from a corner of the court, that is divided down the middle with a ca. 1 metre high net.
The opposite player's goal is to get the ball over again, putting it out of reach for his/her opponent. The points are gained when a player is not able to reach the ball in time. The ball is always served cross court, also meaning diagonally.
The overall goal of tennis is to gain points to win games, sets and matches.
I picked Maria Sharapova because I admire her work. From when she was a child, she was practicing hard on the tennis court to achieve something in life, and she did. She is now the one of the best female tennis player in the whole world and I think she deserves all the fame and glory she has now. Sharapova dedicated her life to the sport she loves. She teaches us all that in order to achive something in life, one has to pay the price.
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