Without making much noise, Maria Sharapova announced Wednesday that she is retiring from professional tennis. At 32 years of age, the Russian ended a career in which she conquered five Grand Slam championships, reached the top of the world rankings, and purged a 15-month suspension for doping.
Sharapova has been struggling with problems in the right shoulder for years and was beaten in the last four games he played in the big events.
This season, Sharapova barely played two games and lost both.
In a written essay for Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines about their decision to get away from sports, posted online on Wednesday, Sharapova asks: “How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known?”
The Russian superstar said that in giving her life to tennis, tennis had given her a life. She would miss it every day. She would miss the training and her daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing her left shoe before her right, and closing the court’s gate before she hit her first ball of the day.
Sharapova also added that she would miss her team, her coaches. She would miss the moments sitting with her father on the practice court bench. The handshakes – win or lose – and the athletes, whether they had known it or not, who had pushed her to be her best.
Maria Sharapova, who moved to Florida as a child, broke into the tennis scene at age 17 when Wimbledon won in 2004, surprising Serena Williams in the final. He completed a Grand Slam career with two titles at the French Open, one at the United States Open and one at the Australian Open.
His last Grand Slam final was in 2015 at the Australian Open,
where he lost to Williams. In the direct record between the two, Williams dominated 20-2, chaining victories in his last 19 games.
After receiving a two-year suspension, Sharapova appealed to the Court of Sports Arbitration; which reduced the sanction by ruling that it was not a “significant” mistake. And that he could not be considered as an “intentional dopant.”
On his return after completing the suspension in 2017, Sharapova could only reach the quarterfinals in a Slam once.
After so many successes on and off the courts, Sharapova will not give his fans a final farewell; as other athletes have done, signing up for a final tournament.
His last game was last month at the Australian Open, where he lost 6-3, 6-4 to Donna Vekic. The defeat caused Sharapova to collapse in the ranking, out of the first 350, and appeared as 373 this week.