Maria Sharapova says stop. The ex-world number 1 WTA wanted to announce the news to her fans herself through an Instagram post. “Tennis, I say goodbye to you,” wrote Sharapova.
“Tennis showed me the world and showed me what I was made of. This is how I tested myself and how I measured my progress. And so in whatever I can choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I will keep pushing. I will always climb. I’m still going to grow up, “said the Russian athlete.
The 32-year-old Russian had a brilliant career that allowed her to spend 21 weeks as world number 1 in WTA. Her first big hit took place at Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17, when she defeated number one seed, Serena Williams, in a hard-hitting final.
The young woman then won a US Open title two years later. In 2008, she triumphed at the Australian Open, then in the French Open in 2012 and 2014. Sharapova can also count in her list the championships of the WTA 2004 circuit, the Fed Cup 2008 and a silver medal at the Olympic Games of London 2012.
After a succession of shoulder injuries, for which she underwent several surgeries, the last of which in 2019, she announced her intention to leave the sport in an open-hearted interview for Vogue.