Maria Sharapova has made the largest number of fashion spreads among WTA players, but posing has not always been second nature to the Russian, who has made the tennis and business synergy and wrapped it up in a perfect package embellished with fashion. The 27-year-old is yet another proof that everything is a result of hard work and practice, even “spontaneous” poses for the lens.
Above is a photo from Masha’s first ever photoshoot, when she, according to her own words, “only knew the smiling face”. 🙂 I’m still at that level! 😛
And below is another oldie but goodie. The future five-time Grand Slam champion and world No.1 happily swinging her racquet.
One more photo treasure, although not that old, is this 2004 photo of Maria Sharapova and Tatiana Golovin, from the DFS Classic final in Birmingham. It has remained the third youngest final in WTA history, with players having the combined age of 33 years and 6 months. That’s almost exactly, actually a bit less, than Serena Williams’ current age! Masha was 17 years and 1 month old here, while Tati was 16 years and 5 months (by the way, Tati hasn’t played in years now and is currently pregnant). At the tournament, Maria clinched both the singles and doubles title (with Maria Kirilenko)!
If you liked this throwback, do check out our Little Tennis Stars section, which features all the coolest and cutest childhood photos of the WTA players. For more of little Sharapova, here’s your treat:
- Junior and family photos of Sharapova
- Flashback: junior final between Maria Sharapova and Peng Shuai at Torneo dell’Avvenire
- Young Masha and tiny Genie
- Shy and behaved Masha with Marcelo Rios
And my favorite: