Five-Times Grand slam champion has announced her retirement. “Tennis–I’m saying goodbye,”she wrote in an essay that appeared Wednesday in Vouge and Vanity Fair.
The 32-year-old Russian enjoyed a glittering career that saw her complete a career Grand Slam, win 36 WTA titles, and spend 21 weeks as WTA World No.1.
The 32-year-old became a household name at 17, when she defeated Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final.
It would be one among just two victories the Russian would earn over the American the opposite also coming in 2004, at the WTA Championships.
Maria Sharapova, who announced her announcement on Wednesday at the age of 32, leaves as one of the top-earning athletes in her sport, male or female, and one of the richest female athletes in history. Her career earnings on the court reached $38.8 million, consistent with the Women’s Tennis Association.
The Russian leaves together of only 10 women to possess won each of the sport’s four slam titles, and as a former world favorite who made a huge impact on both sport and therefore the celebrity world. Some of those achievements are tarnished by the positive test she returned for meldonium.
Even if her physical problems were escalating, she was just not an equivalent player after her return.