My Life So Far
Sarah Crichton Books
On Sale: September 12, 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
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From Maria Sharapova, one of our fiercest female athletes,
the captivating―and candid―story of her rise
from nowhere to
tennis stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top.
In 2004, in a stunning upset against the two-time defending
champion Serena Williams, seventeen-year-old Maria Sharapova
won Wimbledon, becoming an overnight sensation. Out of
virtual anonymity, she launched herself onto the
international stage. “Maria Mania” was born. Sharapova
became a name and face recognizable worldwide. Her success
would last: she went on to hold the number-one WTA ranking
multiple times, to win four more Grand Slam tournaments, and
to become one of the highest-grossing female athletes in the
And then―at perhaps the peak of her
career―Sharapova came up
against the toughest challenge yet: during the 2016
Australian Open, she was charged by the ITF with taking the
banned substance meldonium, only recently added to the ITF’s
list. The resulting suspension would keep her off the
professional courts for fifteen months―a frighteningly
time for any athlete. The media suggested it might be fateful.
But Sharapova’s career has always been driven by her
determination and by her dedication to hard work. Her story
doesn’t begin with the 2004 Wimbledon championship, but
years before, in a small Russian town, where as a
five-year-old she played on drab neighborhood courts with
precocious concentration. It begins when her father,
convinced his daughter could be a star, risked everything to
get them to Florida, that sacred land of tennis academies.
It begins when the two arrived with only seven hundred
dollars and knowing only a few words of English. From that,
Sharapova scraped together one of the most influential
sports careers in history.
Here, for the first time, is the whole story, and in her own
words. Sharapova’s is an unforgettable saga of dedication
and fortune. She brings us inside her pivotal matches and
illuminates the relationships that have shaped her―with
coaches, best friends, boyfriends, and Yuri, her coach,
manager, father, and most dedicated fan, describing with
honesty and affection their oft-scrutinized relationship.
She writes frankly about the suspension. As Sharapova
returns to the professional circuit, one thing is clear: the
ambition to win that drove her from the public courts of
Russia to the manicured lawns of Wimbledon has not diminished.
Sharapova’s Unstoppable is a powerful memoir, resonant in
its depiction of the will to win―whatever the odds.
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