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Maria Sharapova, ‘Grunting’ Tennis Star

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Yury Sharapov managed to save only $700 for travel to the U.S., and had to take various jobs, including dishwashing, to pay for Maria’s lessons during their initial period in the country. Only a year later, she was signed by IMG, which began to pay the annual tuition fee of $35,000.

On April 19, 2012, one of the most famous Russian tennis players, Maria Sharapova, celebrates her 25th birthday. R-Sport congratulates Maria and invites the readers to take a closer look at the major events in the player’s career.