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July 6, 2004

The Ice Queen

When Maria Sharapova was asked if she was nervous before her Wimbledon final against Serena Williams, she replied, "I'm only 17 how can I be nervous?"

At that age, she should have been jumpy. But she went on to hammer Serena in the final in straight sets and became the second-youngest to win the Ladies singles title.

Sharapova is beautiful, has great ability and exhibits an ice-like cool at all times. But more than anything, it is her willingness to remain firmly rooted to reality that makes her special.

A profile of the young Russian sensation.

Photographs: Getty Images

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