(FILES) On this file photograph taken on January 28, 2019, Russia’s Maria Sharapova thanks supporters after defeating Australia’s Daria Gavrilova throughout their match on the St. Petersburg Women Trophy tennis event at Saint Petersburg’s Sibur Area. OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP
5-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, one of many world’s most recognisable sportswomen, on Wednesday introduced her retirement on the age of 32.
“Tennis — I’m saying goodbye,” Sharapova stated in an article for Vogue and Self-importance Truthful magazines.
“After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain — to compete on a different type of terrain.”
Sharapova burst onto the scene as a supremely gifted teenager and received her Grand Slams earlier than serving a 15-month ban for failing a medication take a look at on the 2016 Australian Open.
The Russian former world primary’s rating is at the moment 373rd.
Sharapova has hardly performed up to now yr due to long-standing shoulder issues.
When she did play she misplaced as many matches as she received and was dumped out within the first rounds at Wimbledon, the US Open and, most just lately, the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Sharapova shot to fame as a giggly 17-year-old Wimbledon winner in 2004, the third-youngest participant to overcome the All England Membership’s hallowed grass courts.
‘Tennis gave me life’
She grew to become world primary in 2005 and received the US Open the subsequent yr.
“One of the keys to my success was that I never looked back and I never looked forward,” Sharapova stated on Wednesday.
“I believed that if I kept grinding and grinding, I could push myself to an incredible place.”
However in 2007 Sharapova started her lengthy on-off battle with shoulder bother.
She would win the 2008 Australian Open earlier than a second shoulder damage stored her off tour for the second half of the season, lacking the US Open and Beijing Olympics.
In 2012, the Siberian-born Sharapova captured the French Open to develop into the 10th lady to finish a profession Grand Slam. She added Olympic silver to her resume that yr.
Her 2014 French Open title was one other excessive after a dispiriting damage low.
Extra health troubles adopted earlier than the bombshell announcement of her optimistic take a look at for the banned coronary heart drug meldonium.
At all times a fighter — the seven-year-old Maria and father Yuri left for the US in 1994 with only a borrowed $700 to their names — Sharapova returned to the game in 2017.
“In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life,” Sharapova stated in her retirement missive.
“I’ll miss it on daily basis. I’ll miss the coaching and my each day routine: Waking up at daybreak, lacing my left shoe earlier than my proper, and shutting the courtroom’s gate earlier than I hit my first ball of the day.
“I’ll miss my group, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the apply courtroom bench. The handshakes — win or lose — and the athletes, whether or not they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my finest.
“Wanting again now, I understand that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been crammed with valleys and detours, however the views from its peak had been unbelievable.”