Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis's best competitors, with John Mc Enroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.
She was the youngest girl ever to reach the final of the Australian Open junior championship at 14 years and 9 months. 6 in the ITF junior world singles ranking on October 21, 2002.
She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012.
Her 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams.
In 1993, at the age of six, Sharapova attended a tennis clinic in Moscow run by Martina Navratilova, who recommended professional training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which had previously trained players such as Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and Anna Kournikova.
With money tight, Yuri Sharapov borrowed the sum that would enable him and his daughter, neither of whom could speak English, to travel to the United States of America, which they finally did in 1994.