First, its was the tennis star Anna Kournikova who became a top 10 WTA player. Then, it was Maria Sharapova who won Wimbledon in 2006 and US Open in 2007. And now, a new sports and model star is coming from Russia. This time, she plays golf. Her name is Maria Verchenova. She is striving to become the first Russian to win a Masters tounament in golf.
Moscow-born Maria Verchenova is the first Russian female golf player to enroll full-time to the Ladies European Tour. The 23-year-old was first introduced to golf by her father, Vitaly Verchenov when she was twelve. She was a ballet dancer at that time. Dancing is still her passion as well as shopping. Being 176sm tall, Maria often wears stylish and sexy clothes on the gold course and thus gets lots of media attention.
In her recent interview to Golf365, Maria Verchenova said that while in Moscow she plays golf against a good friend, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, former world’s number one tennis player.
Having won several Russian Championships, Maria Verchenova turned Pro in December 2006. At her career high, she finished 5th at Tenerife Ladies Open last June and now she is 62nd in the 2009 Solheim Cup Standings.
The leading Russian sports daily Sport Express noticed last December that Maria Verchenova and her younger sister Anna Verchenova are coached by their father and supported by the family budget. Maria has not yet got a sponsor as well as a proper web-site. Perhaps, Quintura, whose audience is mostly women-centric and which will move pan-European in 2009, shall become her first online sponsor!