Maria Sharapova is retiring from qualified tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. 1.
She has been working with shoulder troubles for years.
Sharapova performed only two matches this year and shed equally.
In an essay written for Vanity Good and Vogue about her determination to wander absent from the activity, posted on the net Wednesday, Sharapova asks: “How do you depart at the rear of the only everyday living you’ve ever recognized?”
She burst on to the tennis scene at 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004 and would go on to finish a occupation Grand Slam with two titles at the French Open and just one every at the U.S. Open up and Australian Open up.
The Russian, who moved to Florida as a kid, served a 15-thirty day period ban just after failing a doping check in 2016.
Due to the fact that suspension, Sharapova managed to reach only a single key quarterfinal.
Following so significantly results on the tennis court and off, so substantially time in the spotlight, Sharapova walks absent obtaining missing four consecutive matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
The newest arrived past thirty day period at the Australian Open up, where she was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Donna Vekic. That sent her ranking tumbling outdoors of the prime 350 — she is 373rd this 7 days — and Sharapova has not played everywhere because.
She was questioned right after that defeat no matter whether it may have been her very last appearance at Melbourne Park, in which she received the trophy in 2008, and she continuously replied with “I really don’t know.”
But her correct shoulder has been a issue off-and-on for far more than a 10 years.
She played a full of 15 matches previous season, heading 8-7.
“I place in all the suitable function. There is no assurance that even when you do all of those people factors, that you’re certain victory in a very first round or in the 3rd round or in the final. That’s the title of this game,” Sharapova said immediately after what turned out to be her remaining match. “That’s why it is so exclusive to be a champion, even for one time.”
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