Maria Sharapova has been one of the most iconic women tennis players in modern tennis, and not just because of her many victories on the court, buty also for her beauty, her grit, the fashion and love stories. In her career she has won five Grand Slam tournaments (1 Australian Open, 2 Roland Garros, 1 Wimbledon and 1 US Open) and became one of the ten players in history to have completed the Career Grand Slam, reached on 9 June 2012 with the victory of his first Roland Garros.
On top of that she boasts 36 singles tournaments, including the WTA Finals in 2004, and twelve Premier category tournaments. She has occupied the first position of the world ranking in singles on five different occasions, for a total of 21 weeks, becoming the first Russian player in history and the top of the ranking.
She became number one for the first time at age 18 on August 22, 2005 and for the last time in July 2012. She has been awarded the ESPY Award for best tennis player five times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014). In 2012 she was awarded the silver medal in singles at the London Olympics, in her only Olympics ever played.
Maria Sharapova: “Retreat is a word that makes me feel old!”
In an interview with Randall Lane, Forbes chief content officer, at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit, Sharapova said with a laugh about her talking about her retirement from tennis, and recounting how she felt after something important decision for her future.
Maria said: “Retirement is a terrible word. It makes me feel incredibly old!” The five-time Grand Slam champion earned $ 325 million of lei over her career In 2012, she launched her own candy brand Sugarpova, as well as many other various endeavors.
She said: “I’ve always been considered a tennis player. I just didn’t want to be defined by that, and even though I knew I was good, I felt I had a lot more to offer.” We recall that Maria Sharapova left tennis in 2020.
At the beginning of that season she found herself in position 377 of the official WTA rankings due to numerous injuries and few matches played in 2019. She was offered a wild-card to compete in the Brisbane and Australian Open tournaments, where she left the scene in the first round, respectively at the hands of Jennifer Brady and Donna Vekić.
After the match lost against the Croatian, she was asked at a press conference if this would be her last Australian Open and her response was: “I don’t know. Part of this event but now it’s hard for me to think about what will happen next in the next twelve months.”
On February 26, 2020, through two interviews granted to Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines, she announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 32, the cause of the retirement, as explained by herself, was her body, worn out and no longer capable of recovering from the countless injuries suffered in recent years.