Last Serve: Sharapova Bids Farewell To Tennis
Sharapova is the first player to win the Grand Slam championship five times. The record of winning at least one singles title continuously between 2003 and 2017 is also held by Sharapova. In an article in the Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines, Sharapova said that she is saying goodbye to tennis. She also said that she gave her life to tennis and tennis, in turn, gave her life. Sharapova had picked up the tennis racquet at the age of just four years. She played her last match at the Australian Open this year, where she had to face defeat in the very first round from Serbia’s Donna Vekić. Sharapova had won her first Grand Slam title - the Wimbledon - at the age of just 17 in 2004. She had defeated World No.1 Serena Williams in the final match and won the Wimbledon title. Later, in 2005, Sharapova became the World No. 1 player. She won the U.S. Open in 2006, at the age of 19. After this, she won the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open title in 2012 and 2014. In her career, Sharapova won 36 WTA titles and four ITF titles. She had won her last Grand Slam six years ago. Sharapova was constantly saddled with injuries in her 28-year-long career, due to which she had to stop playing tennis several times. In 2016, she was found guilty of doping and had a two-year ban imposed on her. However, the ban was later commuted to 15 months and Sharapova returned to tennis in April 2017.
Legendary #tennis player @MariaSharapova announced her retirement from the game on Wednesday. The 32-year-old #Russian player retired due to a shoulder injury, which she had been struggling to deal with for a long time#MariaSharapova— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) February 27, 2020
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