It has been a bumpy road of late for the former world number one, consistent injuries have been a problem throughout her career but more so in the last couple of years struggling to overcome a shoulder injury.
In a post on Instagram the Russian said this:
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.
Tennis—I’m saying goodbye.
Despite recently teaming up with Riccardo Piatti at the back end of last year the struggle has continued on the court and off the court with her injuries.
Despite what has gone on with her drugs ban a few years back she will go down as one of the sports toughest fighters achieving things only many can dream of.
In 2004, Sharapova was seeded 13th at Wimbledon and was 17 years old when she won her first Grand Slam title down at SW19. Maria during her career never won again at Wimbledon but did win all the majors and ending her career with five Grand Slam titles, her last being at Roland Garros in 2014 when she defeated Simona Halep.
I don’t think it is fair to remember her career for the drugs ban as it was an accident on her and her teams part but for the memories and the legacy she created in the game. She brought an intensity from such a young age and she delivered.
5 x Grand Slam titles
39 x career titles
98 top 10 wins
198 Grand Slam wins
1 x Tour Finals
Olympic Silver 2012
668 career wins
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