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A sterling career for Maria Sharapova

Updated: June 9, 2012, 2:07 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- On the surface, Maria Sharapova has it all:

A pretty face. A handsome and famous fiancÚ, former NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Sasha Vujacic. All the money she'll ever need; at approximately $24 million per year, Sharapova earns more in endorsements than any other female athlete in the world.

She left Russia and began the process of becoming a professional player at a Florida tennis academy at the age of 9. Eight years later she won at Wimbledon and, later, at the ...

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