Sharapova, had not yet reached her current height of 6 feet, 2 inches, but her grunt or scream as it was being referred to
was already considered louder than monster baseliner and grunter Moncia Seles'. Attacking the ball with her punishing
groundstrokes was paying off for Sharapova but she would finish just short on that day and lose to Clijsters in the round
of sixteen match 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
When she was only seven, Sharapova and her father and coach Yuri Sharapov emigrated to Florida. At age nine, Sharapova
enrolled into the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
Sharpova's former coach and tennis guru Nick Bollettieri had soon proclaimed Sharapova as one of the greatest ball
strikers ever. Many dismissed Bollittieri's claim as typical coach's hype. But that was before Sharapova would develop
into her current six foot tall powerhouse and storm past American Serena Williams in the championship final to win
Wimbledon in 2004.
Sharapova since has taken two other grand slam titles winning the 2006 US Open and the Australian Open in January.
And with the surprise retirement of former world number one and reigning French Open and US Open champion Justine
Henin of Belgium last week, Sharapova today has automatically moved from world number two to world number one as Henin
requested that the WTA Tour remove her from the WTA Tour rankings.
Sharapova was first ranked number one in August 2005 and has used her combination of beauty and tennis talent to earn
more than $25 million per year.