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Maria Sharapova hangs up the tennis racket. Yesterday, on February 26th the Russian-born and now American-by-choice announced the end of her professional sports career. The five-time Grand Slam winner explained her decision in a very emotional essay for the magazines "Vanity Fair" and "Vogue". In the accompanying video you can see the big star of women's tennis dressed elegantly in a white blouse and black pants. The 32-year-old said rhetorically: Tennis - I say goodbye. By giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I will miss it every day".
Maria Sharapova announces her retirement from professional tennis.
In the essay, the former world number one and five-time Grand Slam winner looks back on decisive moments in her magnificent sports career. Maria Sharapova remembers how she first came to the tennis court as a 4-year-old girl in the Russian city of Sochi.
She also looks back on the moment when she flew to Florida with her father at the age of 6. At that time she had only one goal, which was to prepare for a great career in tennis. And she has achieved it - with a lot of training and a strong character! She has won a total of 36 titles. In addition, Maria Sharapova is one of only ten players who has won every tournament once. In 2004 she triumphed in London with the Wimbledon title. In 2006 she won the US Open and in 2008 the Australian Open. Then there were two big victories at the French Open in 2012 and 2014. The whole tennis world appreciates Maria's performance!
Maria Sharapova - one of the most successful tennis players in the world!
Maria Sharapova had her ups and downs in big tennis
But there are always two sides to the coin. This also applies to Maria Sharapova. In professional tennis, she has won more than $38 million in prize money. Furthermore she earned a lot through sponsorship deals and advertising contracts. For years she was a magnet for audiences and advertising partners and was considered one of the best-paid athletes. She was always a beautiful eye-catcher, on and off the tennis court. But she had her ups and downs in the sport. She has had multiple shoulder surgeries throughout her tennis career. Especially in the last 4 years they were thrown back by renewed injury problems.
Like every great athlete, Maria Sharapova has had her ups and downs throughout her tennis career.
After the doping ban, she was never able to reach the top again in women's tennis
Maria Sharapova had the worst experience in 2016 at the Australian Open. There she was tested for the heart drug Meldonium and had a positive doping test. She was not allowed to play in tournaments for the next 15 months. After this long ban, she was unable to make her comeback in April 2022 really successfully. Since then, Maria Sharapova has not been able to regain her former level as the world number one. That's why there has been speculation for months that the tennis star wants to resign. It comes as no surprise to many that Maria Sharapova officially ended her tennis career yesterday.
A real eye-catcher on the tennis court!
Now she is retiring from tennis!
This year Maria Sharapova played only two tennis matches and lost both. In January she played Croatian Donna Vekic at the Australian Open and lost 3-6, 4-6. She slipped out of the top 350 in the women's world rankings. She was last there as number 373. Of course it is very difficult to get back to the top from this position. That certainly also led to her decision to retire from professional tennis. In front of the camera she said poetically: "Tennis was my mountain. My path was also marked by valleys and detours, but the views from the top were amazing. After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, I'm ready to climb different mountains and compete on different terrain." With these words, Maria Sharapova publicly announced the end of her incredible tennis career. But the tennis world will miss her!
Goodbye, Maria Sharapova!
Maybe we will soon see Maria Sharapova as a model on the catwalk?