you say serena is more famous than maria? well looks like you're wrong. Maria didnt win a slam last year and still ended #1 in the top searches for athletes
Sharapova's Still a Smash
Wimbledon (+87%) is just getting under way, and already we're wondering: Can Maria Sharapova (+47%) repeat as champion? Not only did the Russian princess come out of nowhere to win it all in '04, she served and volleyed her way onto the Buzz A-list without breaking a sweat. Now with all eyes on her, both on court and in Search, the leggy icon will don the required white togs of Wimbledon in hopes of taking home another trophy. We'll have to wait to see if she wins the right to curtsey before the Queen, but it's not too early to check out how her competition stacks up in Search. Grab yourself some strawberries and cream -- here we go.
It should come as no surprise that Sharapova is the most searched-on entrant in this year's tourney. What might raise some eyebrows is the size of her lead. The model-esque Maria has more than triple the Buzz of her nearest competitor, Serena Williams (+51%).
Interestingly, the playing field remains anything but level the further down we go in the Search order. Serena's searches are four times those of her sister Venus (+49%). And interest in Venus doubles that of number one seed Lindsay Davenport (+48%). Of course, we're hardly going out on a limb when we say these numbers will certainly change once the inevitable upsets begin.
Sharapova Most Searched Athlete on Yahoo!
It was a sensational year for women's tennis in 2005, according to Yahoo's Top Searches of 2005. Three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour stars featured in Yahoo.com's Top 10 individual athlete searches, male or female.
Maria Sharapova (pictured), finished No.1 in the individual category of the Most-Searched list. The Russian teenager, who surprised everyone by capturing the Wimbledon title in 2004, continued to etch her name into the history books in 2005, spending a total of seven weeks as the world's No.1 player, the 15th woman (and first Russian) in Tour history to rank first in the Singles Rankings.
Another Russian starlet, Anna Kournikova, finished at No.2 on the individual list. Kournikova, who has been on a tennis hiatus for the last few years, is a former Top 10 singles player but excelled particularly in doubles, winning 16 Tour doubles titles and reaching No.1 in the Doubles Rankings.
The two Russian stars were joined by seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No.1 Serena Williams, who finished No.6. Williams started off 2005 with a bang, capturing the Australian Open title, but struggled the rest of the season with injuries. The 24-year-old American has also been making a name for herself recently with acting roles and with her own clothing design company.