Everybody talks about the longevity of Serena Williams, but she's not the only WTA megastar with mega staying power - Maria Sharapova became No.1 a decade ago today.
WTA Staff

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Everybody talks about the incredible longevity of Serena Williams, but she's not the only WTA megastar with mega staying power. On Monday, August 22, 2005, Maria Sharapova rose to No.1 for the first time, and amazingly, today, exactly 10 years later, she's ranked No.2.

The 12-month period that led to Sharapova's rise to No.1 didn't even include her breakthrough first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2004, but it did include six WTA titles, most notably the WTA Finals, where she famously rallied from 4-0 down in the third set to beat Williams for the championship.

And by rising to No.1 at age 18 years, 4 months and 3 days, Sharapova is the fifth-youngest player ever to rise to No.1, after fellow teens Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Tracy Austin and Steffi Graf.

The first Russian No.1, Sharapova has spent her 21 career weeks at the top spot in five separate stints - three short stints in 2005, another stint in 2007 and, most recently, four more weeks in 2012.

And she could easily have racked up more than 21 career weeks at No.1. She's been ranked No.2, right within striking distance of the top spot, a whopping 164 weeks in her career, including this week.

But for now, let's celebrate the crowning moment of a true tennis megastar: Maria Sharapova.

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And here are a few throwbacks to August 22, 2005:
No.1 song on Billboard Hot 100 singles: We Belong Together by Mariah Carey
No.1 album on Billboard 200 albums: Fireflies by Faith Hill
No.1 movie at US Box Office: The 40-Year-Old Virgin
No.1 men's tennis player: Roger Federer
No.1 women's tennis player: Maria Sharapova