The Russian tennis legend, Maria Sharapova, who have won five Grand Slam titles — two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
Maria Sharapova has confirmed her retirement from the sport on Wednesday.
Sharapova said in an article for Vogue and Vanity Fair:
"I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis - I’m saying goodbye."
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The statement concluded:
"Tennis showed me the world - and it showed me what I was made of. It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth.
"And so, in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I’ll still be growing."
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"Wimbledon seemed like a good place to start. I was a naive 17-year-old, still collecting stamps, and didn’t understand the magnitude of my victory until I was older - and I’m glad I didn’t.
"My edge, though, was never about feeling superior to other players. It was about feeling like I was on the verge of falling off a cliff—which is why I constantly returned to the court to figure out how to keep climbing.
She became world number one in 2005 and won the US Open.
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"The U.S. Open showed me how to overcome distractions and expectations. If you couldn’t handle the commotion of New York—well, the airport was almost next-door. Dosvidanya.”
In 2007 Sharapova missed most of her battle because of shoulder injury. In 2008 she withdrew from the second season of Australian Open because of second shoulder injury, missing the US Open and Beijing Olympics.
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“The Australian Open took me to a place that had never been a part of me before—to an extreme confidence that some people call being “in the zone.” I really can’t explain it—but it was a good place to be. The clay at the French Open exposed virtually all my weaknesses—for starters, my inability to slide on it—and forced me to overcome them. Twice. That felt good.
"These courts revealed my true essence. "
In 2016, Sharapova revealed that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open.
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The suspension was reduced to 15 months, from the date of the failed test, after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport found she had committed "no significant fault" and had taken banned substance meldonium "based on a doctor's recommendation" and "with good faith belief that it was appropriate and compliant with the relevant rules".
She returned to the WTA Tour in April 2017 but continued to fall in the rankings due to not being able to play at her highest level because of her injury, sitting at No.369 in the world at the time of her retirement.
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