Born 4/19/1987, Nyagan, USSR (now Russian Federation)
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
College: none Turned pro: 2001
A rising star in tennis, she won Wimbledon in 2004 in only her third season of professional competition. Already one of the elite in her sport, she's only going to get better. Known for grunting loudly during matches.
She is frequently compared to Anna Kournikova, another gorgeous Russian whose career ended just before Maria won Wimbledon. However, Maria has already won at a higher level than Anna ever did. In fact, Kournikova struggled to win at all, forcing her retirement at age 23.
Other Russian players have been critical of Maria's stateside residence, saying she's not really Russian.
Anna Kournikova sucks at tennis. She should stick to modeling. Maria Sharapova can do both.
Morten Andersen has lived in the United States since 1977 but there's no question he's Danish.