I am not sure if all my followers are aware, but I am a big tennis fan and love to photograph the players since attending my first US Open in 1998. Maria Sharapova has always been one of my favorites to photograph as the camera really loves her. The photo above is from the 2003 US Open, she turned pro in 2001 and won her first of 3 Grand Slams, Wimbledon in 2004.
She always had such intensity during her matches, even in these photos you can see it in her face.
This was during a doubles match at the US Open with Max Mirnyi so I caught a little smile
She won a great match today at the French Open to put her in the Quarterfinals of the only Grand Slam tournament she has never won. She showed real guts today and kept positive even though she was down in the second set 1-4.......always a fighter on the court.....
this shot from 2009 shows a bit older Maria but the same intense look on her face....she has won career prize money of over 14 million US dollars and her off the court earnings are pretty huge. In August 2010, Forbes magazine named her the highest-paid female athlete earning 24.5 million US dollars.
I have always enjoyed watching her play and I think she is pretty inspiring to young people that if you work hard, you can be successful. She has come back from serious shoulder surgery and is back in the top 10 of the world's best tennis players. I wish her luck this week in the French Open, her worst surface is clay, and really hope she takes home the title.
Today's Words of Wisdom: Make the Most of What you've Got, What is Actually Yours