The winner of five Grand Slam announced her retirement at age 32 in a column published in a couple of fashion magazines.
The star Russian tennis Maria Sharapova , winner of five Grand Slam tournaments, announced Wednesday he retired through in a column published by Vanity fair.RELATED
“Tennis I say goodbye. After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, I am ready to climb another mountain on a different terrain,” wrote the 32-year-old Russian, who became world number one and whose career was stained by a 15 month suspension for doping in 2016.
Sharapova which fell to 373 in the world rankings, had four consecutive losses, including eliminations in the first rounds of the 2019 US Open against Serena Williams and the 2020 Australian Open against the Croatian Donna Vekic, his last match.
“Throughout my career, ‘is it worth it?’ it was never a question. Lately that issue was permanent, “he wrote Maria who has seen Shattered by injuries in recent years.
The Russian is one of the few players who has won the four Grand Slam tournaments, after winning at Wimbledon in 2004, at the US Open in 2006, at the Australian Open in 2008 and at Roland Garros twice, in 2012 and in 2014.
“A year and a half away from tennis (because of his doping penalty) was terrible, it was a blow to her. That is why he has terminated his career prematurely,” said the president of the Russian tennis federation, Shamil Tarpishev, cited by the RIA Novosti agency.
Contrary to his countryman Anna Kournikova there was very soon changed his player suit for the model, Sharapova left an imprint on the circuit with spectacular results obtained by force of noisy rage.
“She has had a great career. Obviously, she was behind Serena, but she is probably the best after her. She has contributed a lot to our sport. With six years, I crossed the planet to Florida with my father (…) Everything seemed to me immense, like the sacrifices of my parents, “he added about the Dubai tournament.