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Russian Tennis star Maria Sharapova factfile

LONDON: Factfile on Maria Sharapova, who was banned for two years on Wednesday for doping:

Name: Maria Sharapova

Residence: Bradenton, Florida, USA

Date of Birth: April 19, 1987

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

Height: 6′ 2″ (1.88m)

Weight: 130 lbs. (59kg)

Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Status: Pro (April 19, 2001)

Career earnings: $36,766,149

Official website: www.mariasharapova.com

Twitter: @MariaSharapova

Career details:

WTA Singles Titles: 35

Grand Slam titles: Australian Open (2008); French Open (2012, 2014); Wimbledon (2004); US Open (2006)

WTA Championships titles: 2004

Fed Cup: 2008

Olympics: Silver medal, London 2012

Win/Loss: Singles 601/145

Coaches: Yuri Sharapov (errly career); Michael Joyce (2008–10), Thomas Hogstedt (2010–13), Jimmy Connors (2013), Sven Groeneveld (2013–present)

Key dates:

2001 – Played first event of career at Sarasota

2002 – Played first two WTA main draws, reaching second round at Indian Wells where she lost to Monic Seles

2003 – First top 50 season; won first two WTA titles at Japan Open and Quebec City

2004 – First top five season (finishing four) and won first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, at just 17 and the third youngest woman to achieve the feat.

2005 – Became world number one for first time and ended season at four; won three WTA titles

2006 – Ends season as world number two after winning second Grand Slam title at US Open

2007 – Top five again but withdrew from five events with right shoulder injury

2008 – Third Grand Slam title at Australian Open but another right shoulder injury forced her to sit out rest of the year from Montreal onwards. Injury meant no US Open or Beijing Olympics

2009 – Missed January-April and ranking slumped at one stage to 136. Was back at 14 by end of year where she won just one trophy.

2010 – Finished 18 in the world, with two more titles

2011 – Top five finish with titles in Rome and Cincinnati. Also runner-up at Wimbledon

2012 – Becomes sixth woman to complete career Grand Slam with victory at the French Open and returns to world number one.

2013 – Runner-up at French Open, losing again to old rival Serena Williams. Another right shoulder injury forces her to call time on the season after Cincinnati, missing US Open and WTA Championhips as a result.

2014 – Equal-best season, finishes number two and claims a second French Open.

2015 – Another top five season but played just one match in four months between July and October. Missed the US Open once again, this time with right leg injury.

2016

Jan 26 – Loses to Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals, her 17th successive defeat to the American since 2004.

March 7 – Calls press conference at a Los Angeles hotel to reveal she failed a drugs test at the Australian Open, testing positive for banned substance meldonium.

June 8 – Banned for two years

(AFP)