Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, one of the world's best tennis star announced yesterday that she will be retiring from international tennis. Sharapova a 32 year old tennis player was the worlds no.1 player who was a a 5-time Grand Slam title holder.
At age 17, Sharapova defeated Serena Williams in 2004 to win the title of Wimbledon. She then went on to win the 2006 US Open, the 2008 Australian Open, and the 2012 and 2014 French Open. Sharapova, who flew in advertising and tennis films, was recognized as a high earner.
Sharapova, who has suffered frequent shoulder injuries, was found to use doping at the Australian Open 2016. She explained that the drug ate was overlooked on the list of banned stimulants for the heart disease problem. However, she was banned for 15 months. Though after the ban she was reinstated in 2017, where she could not shine in tennis.
Following this, she'd recently made it to the Australian Open's first round. As a result of continued failure she was relegated to No. 373 in the rankings.
Sharapova said on Wednesday that"One of the keys to my success was that I never looked back and I never looked forward," and "I believed that if I kept grinding and grinding, I could push myself to an incredible place."
"In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life," Sharapova said in her retirement missive.
"I'll miss it everyday. 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 realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible."