"Tennis - I'm saying Goodbye" - Maria Sharapova retires

It is time to bid goodbye to one of the major and greatest competitors in the world of Tennis. Yes, Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement today. The five-time grand slam winner Maria Sharapova has declared her retirement at the age of 32 in a column she has written for Vogue and Vanity Fair. Maria has last won a grand slam in 2014 when she clinched the French Open for the second time.

She played the final game in her career at the 2020 Australian Open, where she was knocked out in the first round by Donna Vekic after a year with injury struggles. "In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life," Sharapova wrote. She continued "I'll miss it every day. I'll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court's gate before I hit my first ball of the day. I'll miss my team, my coaches. I'll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench. The handshakes-win or lose-and the athletes, whether they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my best."

It was believed that Sharapova who made her grand slam comeback at 2017 at US Open was unable to reach the profound level as the start of her career at majors. Talking about her endorsements, Sharapova included Nike, Gatorade, Canon and Cole Haan into her career. Her first breakthrough was when she defeated Serena Williams 6-1 6-4 in the Wimbledon final in 2004 at just 17 years. Ever since then, she had an amazing career. Sharapova said "Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible".

Sharapova is now ranked 373 in the world. After the news of her retirement came into light, the legendary player tweeted, "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".