Maria Sharapova definitively stops playing tennis at the age of 32
Maria Sharapova stores her tennis racket for good. The 32-year-old Russian stops playing tennis immediately. Sharapova’s career has not reached her level in recent years due to injuries after her doping suspension. She won 5 grand lambs in her career.
puts an end to her career at the age of 32. She says this in a contribution on the website of the American magazine Vanity Fair. “How do you leave the only life you’ve always known behind you? How do you leave the courts you’ve been on since you were a little girl – the sport you loved, that made you cry bitter tears but also brought you unprecedented joy – a sport where you found a family, with fans who were over 28 years old stood behind you? This is new to me, so please forgive me. Tennis – I say goodbye, “writes Sharapova.
The Russian won 36 titles
in her career, including five grand slam tournaments. Sharapova belongs to the select club of ten women who won the ‘career grand slam’, the four grandslams. She won Wimbledon in 2004 when she was barely 17 years old. This was followed by the US Open (2006), the Australian Open (2008) and Roland Garros (2012 and 2014). In August 2005, Sharapova reached the number 1 position in the world ranking for the first time. She held that place for a total of 21 weeks.
The Russian also had a lot of injury oaths, especially on the shoulder, and experienced a low point in early 2016 when she was caught at the Australian Open for the prohibited drug Meldonium. Her two-year suspension was reduced to fifteen months by the International Sports Tribunal and she made her comeback in April 2017, but there were no new successes. Sharapova dropped to 373 on the current WTA ranking.
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. pic.twitter.com/kkOiJmXuln
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) February 26, 2020
Maria Sharapova Retired From Tennis
In Vogue, the Russian herself explained her goodbye. She talks about the first signals that it was time to stop. “One of those signals came at the US Open in August of last year. Thirty minutes before the game I had to numb my shoulder to complete the game. Shoulder injuries are nothing new to me. Just stepping onto the field that day felt like a victory, even though it should have been just the first step to victory. My body has become a distraction. ”
“When I look back on it, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path was filled with valleys and diversions, but the view from the top was incredible. After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, I am ready for a new mountain, competing in a different kind of field. ”