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Her parents, Yuri and Yelena, are from Gomel, Belarussian SSR.Concerned about the regional effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, they left their homeland shortly before Maria was born.In 1989, when Sharapova was two, the family moved to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.There her father Yuri befriended Aleksandr Kafelnikov, whose son Yevgeny would go on to win two Grand Slam singles titles and become Russia's first world No. Aleksandr gave Sharapova her first tennis racquet in 1991 when she was four, whereupon she began practicing regularly with her father at a local park.In 1993, at the age of six, Sharapova attended a tennis clinic in Moscow run by Martina Navratilova, who recommended professional training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which had previously trained players such as Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and Anna Kournikova.

Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Russian SFSR.

Sharapova won the third title of her career at the Wimbledon warm-up DFS Classic, defeating Tatiana Golovin in the final.

Seeded 13th and aged 17 at Wimbledon, she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by defeating Ai Sugiyama.

She then was offered a deal from IMG which forced her to change academies.

Originally, she did train with Rick Macci, but after the deal with IMG, she could not see Rick Macci anymore.

Maria Sharapova was born on April 19, 1987, in Nyagan, Russian SFSR.Sharapova won the third title of her career at the Wimbledon warm-up DFS Classic, defeating Tatiana Golovin in the final.Seeded 13th and aged 17 at Wimbledon, she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by defeating Ai Sugiyama.She then was offered a deal from IMG which forced her to change academies.Originally, she did train with Rick Macci, but after the deal with IMG, she could not see Rick Macci anymore.In all, she won three junior singles tournaments and was runner-up at five, including two junior Grand Slam events.