Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is one of the taller female athletes in the realm of tennis, measuring in at 6 feet, 2 inches tall. She was born on the 19th day of April in the year 1987. Her parents come from a region in Belarus, where they left after a nuclear incident in nearby Chernobyl. By the time that she was only two years old, her parents had moved to the region of Sochi, where her father became friends with the father of someone that would go on to become a top tennis professional in Russia. Sharapova received a tennis racquet when she was only four years old and soon after began to take lessons, later attending a school for tennis players.