In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time and in March 2012 was named one of the "100 Greatest of All Time" by Tennis Channel.
According to Forbes, she has been named highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned In March 2016, Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open on January 26, 2016.
Her parents, Yuri and Yelena, are from Gomel, Belarussian SSR.
In all, she won three junior singles tournaments and was runner-up at five, including two junior Grand Slam events.Her win-loss record in junior competition was 47–9.During the spring clay-court season, Sharapova entered the top 20 on the WTA world rankings as a result of reaching the third round of the Qatar Telecom German Open and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, both of which were Tier I events.At the latter event, she defeated a player ranked in the top 10 for the first time with a straight-sets win over world No. Later that clay-court season, she went on to make the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time at the French Open, losing there to Paola Suárez.She appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, being the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan.
Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme.Her best results in the Junior Grand Slam tournaments were the finals of the 2002 Australian Open, finals of the 2002 Wimbledon Championships, third round of the 2002 French Open, and second round of the 2001 US Open.From 2003, Sharapova played a full season and made a rapid climb into the top 50 by the end of the year.She won the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004. Despite an injury-prone career, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in the women's game.She won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.In 1995, she was signed by IMG, who agreed to pay the annual tuition fee of ,000 for Sharapova to stay at the Academy, allowing her to finally enroll at the age of 9.