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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.
Originally, she did train with Rick Macci, but after the deal with IMG, she could not see Rick Macci anymore.
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 is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam.
1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks.
On October 4, 2016, the suspension was reduced to 15 months, starting from the date of the failed test, as the Court of Arbitration for Sports found that she had committed "no significant fault" and that she had taken the substance "based on a doctor's recommendation [...] with good faith belief that it was appropriate and compliant with the relevant rules".