02:17 GMT20 January 2021
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    The former Russian professional tennis player retired from tennis this year after a glittering career, winning thirty-six WTA single titles, including five Grand Slams. In 2005, Sharapova became the first Russian female tennis player to top the WTA singles rankings.

    Maria Sharapova has been ranked 7th on the list of the most tweeted female athletes in 2020, according to the WTA's official Twitter account. The first two spots on the list were also grabbed by professional tennis players, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams respectively.     

    ​Sharapova was previously listed in the ratings of the most trusted athletes by Russians. Among other Russian athletes who enjoy the greatest trust of Russian society are former individual rhythmic gymnast Lyasan Utiasheva, figure skating coach Tatyana Tarasova, and Russian heavyweight MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko.  

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