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Maria Sharapova was born on to Yuri and Yelena Sharapova in Siberia, Russia on April 19, 1987. Her mother was pregnant with her when the couple fled Belarus to escape the fallout from the Chernobyl explosion. At six, Sharapova was spotted and recruited by tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Persuaded by the pro, she and her father emigrated to Florida in 1994 with only $700. At 15, she became the youngest person ever to reach the finals of the Australian Open Junior Championships.
While Sharapova is well-known for her tennis prowess, she leads an incredible life off of the court as well. After attending classes at Harvard Business School, she developed her candy line, Sugarpova. She also became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and donated $100,000 to help victims of the Chernobyl disaster. In February 2020, she retired from tennis at age 32.
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