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Maria Sharapova's enduring charisma

Pics : Even after ten years Russian diva Maria Sharapova is a crowd puller at Wimbledon

Ten years ago, Maria Sharapova routed Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final, climbed into the players box to tearfully embrace her father Yuri and was immediately propelled into a life of staggering riches. Just 17 at the time, Sharapova was the third youngest women's champion after Lottie Dod and Martina Hingis.If she was a virtual unknown in 2004, the statuesque Russian blonde is now the world's most widely-recognised and richest sportswoman, coining in comfortably around $30 million last year from earnings, off court and on. "You know, at that stage you're 17 years old and of course you think it was a great tournament. Can I do that again? Can I win more majors? You always have those question marks," admitted Sharapova, after winning a second French Open and fifth major in Paris this month.