Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Wimbledon flashback: Star born
Maria Sharapova has earned more than $26 million in career prize money, which ranks third all-time behind the Williams sisters.
While this year’s Wimbledon may be running out of star power, a star was born on this day in 2004. In the women’s final on Center Court on July 3, 2004, 13th-seeded Maria Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title by stunning two-time defending champion and six-time major winner Serena Williams in straight sets. Sharapova became the first Russian to win a Wimbledon singles title and the third-youngest women's champion in the tournament’s history. Sharapova, who lost in the second round this year to Michelle Larcher de Brito, has gone on to win the career Grand Slam. Serena, who lost in the fourth round this year to Sabine Lisicki, has gone on to win a total of 16 Grand Slam titles, including five at Wimbledon.