Age: 31

Height: 1.88 metres

Highest WTA Ranking: 1 (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012)

Best Grand Slam Result: Winner (Australian Open (2008), Rolland Garros (2012, 2014), Wimbledon (2004) & US Open (2006))

Best Wimbledon Result: Winner (2004)

Country: Russia

Former world number 1, Maria Sharapova is one of the most recognisable icons of women’s tennis.  Since her colossal upset of Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final at only 17 years old, it has always been clear that she is a threat to any title. In the years since, Sharapova has proven herself on all surfaces, winning every Grand Slam. This puts her in a very exclusive club of only 10 women to have achieved the career Grand Slam, alongside the likes of Serena Williams, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. She also possess an Olympic Silver medal, having reached the final at London 2012 before losing out to Serena. Her consistency and longevity are remarkable, with her Grand Slam titles coming over a span of a decade, her most recent being Roland Garros in 2014. This ability to sustain top-class performances has remained, as in 2015 she reached the Australian Open final, as well as the semi-final stage at Madrid, Wimbledon and the WTA Finals, again showing her ability across multiple surfaces. This also ensured that she would finish inside the Top 5 for the fifth consecutive season. In 2018, she has progressed to the quarter-finals at the Shenzhen Open, Madrid Open and at Roland Garros, as well as reaching the semi-finals at the BNL d’Italia, losing out to current French Open Champion Simona Halep. Building up to Wimbledon, we are incredibly excited to see what the former champion can bring to this year’s grass court season.