Today in Sports History: September 9

In 2006, Maria Sharapova of Russia won her first US Open Women’s Tennis title. Sharapova defeated Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4.  In her 19 year career, Sharapova has been ranked the world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions. At age 18, Sharapova became the first and only Russian female tennis player to top the rankings. Sharapova holds five Grand Slam titles, her first was at the 2004 Wimbledon and her last came at the 2014 French Open. At the 2012 London Olympics, Sharapova won the silver medal in singles. Throughout her career, Sharapova earned over $285 million in endorsements and prize money. Upon her retirement from tennis, Sharapova has shifted her focus to her many business investments in health, fitness, and beauty companies.

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