Tennis star Maria Sharapova retires

Tennis star Maria Sharapova retires”

"She had a really good career with great victories, great achievements in tennis".

Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis at 32.

"How do you leave behind the only life you've ever known?", she wrote.

"I'm new to this, please forgive me".

"In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life", she said.

Who knows how many more grand slams she might have won had she not had a serious shoulder injury in 2008 when she was still at her peak.

The Russian, who moved to Florida as a child, served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016.

"Looking back now, I realise that tennis has been my mountain".

Five-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one Sharapova called time on her career after losing a long-term battle with shoulder trouble having amassed a total of 36 WTA titles, spending 21 weeks on top of the rankings and with a personal fortune estimated at $300 million. I would say after Serena she's probably the best after her.

Maria Sharapova poses with her Wimbledon trophy in 2004
Camera Icon Maria Sharapova poses with her Wimbledon trophy in 2004. Credit News Corp Australia

Since returning from that suspension in 2017, Sharapova managed to reach only one Slam quarterfinal.

Although she reached the semi-finals of her comeback tournament in Germany, she struggled by her standards in her final two seasons.

A year later, Sharapova became the third-youngest woman in history to triumph at Wimbledon, defeating Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4.

"I think many people are jealous of the career that she had", said the Greek, also playing in Dubai this week.

Last month, Sharapova was given a wild card entry at the Australian Open but lost in straight sets in the first round to Croatia's Donna Vekic.

She would go on to win the Australian and US Opens while claiming two titles at the French Open, despite famously likening her movement on Roland Garros's crushed red brick to a "cow on ice".

After initially being given a two-year suspension, Sharapova appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which reduced the penalty, ruling she bore "less than significant fault" in the case and could not "be considered to be an intentional doper". "It's how I tested myself and how I measured my growth", Sharapova tweeted Wednesday.

"In whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I'll still be pushing".

I'll still be climbing.

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