Maria Sharapova Player Profile
Maria Sharapova: Won the title in 2006
It's now 11 years since the Russian exploded onto the scene, winning the Wimbledon title at the age of 17.
Since then she's added four further Grand Slams, each of them outside of SW19 and one of them here in the 2006 US Open.
Interestingly, her win percentage at Flushing Meadow is her lowest of all the four Grand Slams and that remains her only final, whereas she's been to four in Australia, three in France and two at Wimbledon.Renowned for her focus on court - look out for the pre-serve routine at the back of the court - Sharapova is arguably the toughest player mentally on the WTA tour so her opponents know they will have to see out a match rather than wait for her to lose it.
Her serve is a weapon, but it has also been a problem in the past; when off it can throw up numerous double faults.
But more than anything else, the concern this time is that she will not have played a tournament since Wimbledon, withdrawing from Cincinnati with a leg injury. By her own admission it's not an ideal way to approach the event which saw her lose in round four last year, albeit to eventual finalist Caroline Wozniacki.
Sharapova is perfectly capable of adding to her Grand Slam haul but a troubled preparation coupled with an increasingly poor record against Serena Williams means she may need some help.
- Nationality: RUS
- Date Of Birth: April 19, 1987
- Became Pro: 2001
- Height: 1.88 m
|15/11/15||P Kvitova||Fed Cup World Group Final: Czech Republic v Russia||Match 3||Won||3-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|14/11/15||K Pliskova||Fed Cup World Group Final: Czech Republic v Russia||Match 2||Won||6-3, 6-4|
|31/10/15||P Kvitova||WTA Finals||SF||Lost||6-3, 7-63|
|29/10/15||F Pennetta||WTA Finals||Grp A||Won||5-7, 1-6|
|27/10/15||S Halep||WTA Finals||Grp A||Won||6-4, 6-4|
|25/10/15||A Radwanska||WTA Finals||Grp A||Won||6-4, 3-6, 4-6|
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