Maria Sharapova Has Announced Her Retirement From Tennis

'Tennis—I’m saying goodbye.'
PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/MARIASHARAPOVA

Professional tennis player Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis.

Maria wrote an article that appeared on Vanity Fair about her retirement. She wrote: “How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known?”

In an Instagram post, Maria wrote: “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.” 

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She continued, “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.”

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The 32-year-old began her tennis career at the age of 17 when she won against Serena Williams in the final game of Wimbledon in 2004. Her career spanned a Grand Slam with two titles at the French Open and one each at the U.S. Open and Australian Open.

According to a report from Inquirer.net, Maria played only two matches this season and lost both. The retired tennis player has been dealing with problems in her right shoulder for several years and lost four matches she played at major tournaments. 

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