At the age of 32, 5-time grand slam winner Maria Sharapova has called it quits from the game that she has loved all her life after injuries became such a massive factor in her career.
With so much success on the court which saw her winning 5 Grand slams and many other titles, earning millions of dollars, a blistering career that was later ruined by the dopping charges.
She will be remembered for her major wins, her relentless baseline hitting delivered with a piercing shriek and the failing a drugs test at the 2016 Australian Open.
‘Throughout my career, Is it worth it? was never even a question — in the end, it always was.’
“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.’
Maria Sharapova had Serena Williams for a rival throughout her career
At age 17, Maria Sharapova rose to the spotlight in 2004 when she was facing off against Serena Williams with whom she would go on to create a fierce rivalry despite not winning as much as the American has been able to achieve.
Maria Sharapova was always happy to admit that she saw her peers as competitors rather than friends, she became known for her aloof attitude in the locker room.
After failing the drugs test, Sharapova was to serve a 15-month ban and the record will show that she was never the same player without the assistance of the banned substance, failing to make the top 20 after her return in April 2017.
Repeat shoulder issues, a long-standing problem, were among the injuries that plagued her and with a plummeting ranking she has decided to call it a day.
Her last appearance at a Grand Slam saw her exit in the first round of the Australian Open, losing to Donna Vekic, and that ensured her ranking dropped to 373 in the world.
And for the former world No 1, her persistent shoulder injuries, and struggles to go deep into major tournaments, has pushed her to call time on her tennis career.
Author: Moses Echodu
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