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Name: Maria Yuryevna Sharapova                                                                 
Nickname(s) Masha                                                                             
Born: 19 April 1987 Nyagan, Soviet Union                                                       
Maria Yuryevna Sharápova (born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player       
and a former World No. 1. As of February 14, 2008, she is the fifth-ranked female player in the
world. At the end of 2006, she was the world's highest-paid female athlete.                   
Sharapova has won three Grand Slam singles titles. In 2004, she beat Serena                   
Williams to take the Wimbledon title at the age of 17. Two years later, she                   
defeated Justine Henin in the final of the 2006 U.S. Open. At the 2008                         
Australian Open, she beat Ana Ivanović in the final.