Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:30:00 GMT | By India Syndicate
Rare and unseen images of Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova attends the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Party

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10 years ago, 17-year-old Maria Sharapova produced one of the biggest shocks in Wimbledon history by defeating two-time defending champion Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam title in her first ever final. The world instantly fell in love with this new tennis superstar, who went on to win 5 Grand Slam titles over the next 10 years. Sharapova enters the 2014 Championship seeded fifth and as one of the strong favourites to claim her second Wimbledon title. In this gallery, we take a look at some rare pictures of the gorgeous tennis diva.

On and off the court very few tennis stars attract as much attention as Maria Sharapova. The Russian bombshell is a rare example of a player armed with killer looks as well as terrific sporting skills. Unlike so many female players who remain in our memories more as models than athletes, Sharapova has not let her modelling career compromise her tennis.

The former World no. 1 has won four grand slams. She completed a career slam when she lifted the 2012 French Open trophy. Along with her grand slam victories, she has 28 WTA titles to her credit and an overall winning percentage of 80% at Grand Slam events.

Sharapova is also the highest paid female athlete in the sports world. Her fierce skills on the tennis court are matched by her graceful appearances at fashion shows, glittering product launches and glossy cover pages.

The dazzling damsel, who was once engaged to basketball player Sasha Vujacic, is currently dating fellow tennis player Grigor Dimitrov and the two are rumoured to be planning to tie the knot very soon.

In 2007, Sharapova was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She has made several donations towards various UN projects and other social causes.

As she prepares to claim her second Wimbledon title, here's a look at some of the top images of this breathtaking beauty from Russia.