Maria Sharapova

At the age of 4, Maria’s constant companion was an old Dunlop tennis racket. At age 5, her talent already evident, training with Martina Navratilova in Moscow yielded a useful recommendation: Nick Bollettieri’s tennis camp in the U.S. By scraping together the money, Maria’s father managed to get young Maria on court with a Bollettieri coach in Florida. At 7 years old, Maria Sharapova’s rise to tennis stardom had begun.

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