She became the winner of five Grand Slam tournaments.
Maria Sharapova announced the end of her career. About this 32-year-old tennis player told in a column for Vanity Fair.
How can you leave behind the only life
you know? How can I get away from the courts where you trained since childhood,
from the game that you love, which gave you tears and inexpressible
joy. From the sport in which you found a family, as well as the fans who
supported you for over 28 years?
This is new to me, so please forgive me. Tennis, I say goodbye.
Sharapova made her debut in adult tournaments held under the auspices of the International Tennis Federation in 2001, when she was 14 years old. During her career, she won five singles Grand Slam tournaments (from 2004 to 2014), won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
In 2016, against the background of the doping scandal, Sharapova organized a press conference and admitted that her doping test for meldonium was positive. She said she missed updating the WADA list of banned substances, which included meldonium.
The International Tennis Federation disqualified Sharapova for two years. Later, the period of ineligibility was reduced to 15 months. Nike, Porsche and Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer then suspended their collaboration with the tennis player.
After returning, Sharapova won one tournament – in 2017 in Tianjin. Since 2007, Sharapova had problems with her shoulder , because of which she starred in many tournaments. Alexander Medvedev, director of the WTA tournament in St. Petersburg, from which Sharapova starred in 2017, called the injury chronic.
The last tournament in which the tennis player participated was the Australian Open in 2020. She flew out of him in the first round and dropped out of the top 350 WTA rankings.