Maria Sharapova’s Top 10 Career Achievements

Maria Sharapova is a former World #1 women's tennis player. Called "one of the greatest competitors our sport's ever seen" by tennis legend and commentator John McEnroe, Sharapova burst onto the scene in 2004 by beating Serena Williams in straight sets to take the Wimbledon championship. In 2005, she took her first and second of five times atop the WTA rankings as the best women's tennis player in the world, sitting atop women's tennis for a total of 21 weeks. Despite numerous injuries throughout her career, Sharapova went 12 years with at least one win in a singles tournament, including five Grand Slam titles, which ranks behind only Serena and Venus Williams among her contemporaries; her career winnings are in excess of $36 million and second all time. In addition to her career winnings, Sharapova has amassed a wide range of endorsements and media projects, and is the highest-paid female athlete in the world. (Getty)