Facing a two-year ban from playing professional tennis, she told herself: 'Goddamit, I'm going to fight this bulls**t', she writes in her upcoming memoir, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, to be published by Sarah Crichton Books, September 12.
Sharapova, it turns out, is a great storyteller as well as a champion athlete.
Her rise was sometimes desperately hard and sometimes serendipitous.
Her father, Yuri, led smokestack maintenance crews traveling all over the country.
But the gift of a tennis racket from his brother changed the lives of the Sharapova family forever – that and the eruption of the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl in April 1986.
Her memoir is compelling and revealing as she describes her family escaping from the horrors of Chernobyl and how she consoled her game losses with 'retail therapy', shopping for luxury jewels at Bulgari and pricey handbags at Chloé.
But even that did not get her through her suspension nightmare.When she discovered the sport at a young age she says: 'I was small and young and did not know what I was doing but quickly fell into a trance, the ball leaving and returning to my racket like a yo-yo'She was also following a parental dream but it was hers as well, and she was there on a scholarship to show the others how to play the game. 'They could have been the nicest girls in the world, and I wouldn't even have known it.