How Maria Sharapova Became the World's Wealthiest Female Athlete
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Her mother couldn’t get a visa, so Sharapova and her father, Yuri, started their new life alone. During Sharapova’s adolescence, her father worked several jobs at a time—doing construction, sweeping the floors in grocery stores—to try to pay the academy tuition. Because of his schedule, they rarely saw each other during the day, with Yuri leaving meals out for his daughter to warm up. “I spent a lot of time on my own,” she told ESPN.
But their plan worked, and by the early 2000s, Sharapova was a sensation. She had the looks of Russian compatriot and onetime phenom Anna Kournikova, and an even better game. She also had a determination that Kournikova could never seem to muster. Sharapova crushed powerful line drives from the back of the court, emphasizing the authority of her shots with an exuberant grunt. At just 17, she beat Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final. A U.S. Open title followed soon thereafter. She’s since won the Australian Open once and the French Open twice, bringing her total Grand Slam wins to five.
From humble beginnings, Maria Sharapova really did make the most of her opportunities.
I did not realize she has won in each of the Grand Slam venues at least once.