After twenty-eight years in the courts, former world number one Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis. Maria Sharapova retires with five Grand Slam titles.
At the age of 17, Sharapova, won Wimbledon in 2004. At the 2019 Australian Open, before she was knocked out by Donna Vekic in Melbourne, she won only three matches after reaching the fourth round as she struggled with the chronic problems with her shoulder. She slumped to 373 positions in the rankings.
“I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day. I’ll miss my team, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench. The handshakes-win or lose-and the athletes, whether they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my best.
“Looking back now, I realise that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible.
“After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain-to compete on a different type of terrain. I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis – I’m saying goodbye. Sharapova told Vanity Fair.
In 2016, Sharapova was banned for two years for testing positive for the drug meldonium but had it reduced to one year and three months on appeal and returned to action in April 2917.