In 2003, Maria was named one of the "coolest girls" in America by YM magazine.
In Russia, Maria is known as “our Masha,” a term of endearment.
Maria collected $1 million and a Porsche Cayenne for her season-ending victory in the 2004 WTA Championship. She donated the car to aid the victims of the Beslan school hostage tragedy.
At 17 years and two months, Maria was the youngest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Hingis, who was 16 years and nine months when she won in 1997.
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