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Maria Sharapova Retires From The Sport She’s Adored Her Entire Life

27 February 2020

The 5 time Grand Slam winner, Maria Sharapova, has announced her retirement from tennis.

The 32 year old tennis legend called to a halt her illustrious career through an emotional message published in Vogue and Vanity Fair.

“I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis – I’m saying goodbye.”

“Looking back now, I realize 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.

“That relentless chase for victories, though? That won’t ever diminish. No matter what lies ahead, I will apply the same focus, the same work ethic, and all of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

“In the meantime, there are a few simple things I’m really looking forward to: A sense of stillness with my family. Lingering over a morning cup of coffee. Unexpected weekend getaways. Workouts of my choice (hello, dance class!)”

“Behind closed doors, 30 minutes before taking the court (against Serena Williams in the US Open last year), I had a procedure to numb my shoulder to get through the match.”

“Shoulder injuries are nothing new for me – over time my tendons have frayed like a string. I’ve had multiple surgeries – once in 2008, another procedure last year – and spent countless months in physical therapy.

“Just stepping on to the court that day felt like a final victory, when of course it should have been merely the first step toward victory.”

Sharapova struggled to compete recently and since her 15 month ban for using an illegal substance, never managed to return to the form that saw her become the first Russian woman to be the top seed.

Since her return to the sport in 2017, Maria Sharapova only managed to win one single’s title.  

Her final triumph in the 2017 Tianjin Open was followed by continuous injuries and lacklustre performances that ultimately led to her decision to call time on her career.

Sharapova did state, however, that she isn’t quitting the sport entirely.

 

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Bongu Simelane

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