Maria Sharapova: Baby-faced teen who conquered Wimbledon

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Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon title as a teenager a decade ago

She was underdog against then six-time grand slam champion Serena Williams

Now both are favorites to win prestigious grass-court title in 2014

Russian has built a successful business empire since her maiden slam success

CNN  — 

It is 10 years since Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon’s hallowed Center Court.

Just 17 and with a mere six grand slam appearances to her name, she was a huge underdog against Serena Williams – then already a formidable force in women’s tennis.

But Sharapova did the unthinkable, demolishing the defending champion and delighting the crowd, as the smiling teenager opened up her mobile phone on court to contact her mother.

It was “the jump start of my career, where it all began for me,” says the first Russian woman to win Wimbledon.