Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has announced retirement from tennis.Sharapova became an overnight star when she was crowned Wimbledon champion at the age of 17 in 2004. Her twin triumphs at the clay courts of Roland Garros at the French Open in 2012 and 2014 were are considered to be her biggest achievements as they came at a time when her rival Serena Williams was the at the peak of her domination of women’s tennis.
The Russian went on to win the US Open crown in 2006 and Australian Open title in 2008. Her twin triumphs at the clay courts of Roland Garros at the French Open in 2012 and 2014 were are considered to be her biggest achievements as they came at a time when her bitter rival Serena Williams was the at the peak of her domination of women’s tennis.In an article,Sharapova went on to describe the initial years when she moved from Russia to USA to continue her career.Sharapova also has an Olympic silver medal to her name, that she won at the 2012 London Games.
‘When I was six, I traveled across the globe to Florida with my father. The whole world seemed huge.The airplane, the airport, the wide expanse of America: Everything was enormous.’When I first started playing, the girls on the other side of the net were always older, taller, and stronger;But day by day,with every day of practice on the court, this imaginary world became more and more real,’ Sharapova wrote in Vogue and Vanity Fair.
She ended the essay by saying that it was teh sport of tennis that showed her the world.
‘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,’ Sharapova wrote.She lost in the final of the women’s singles to Serena Williams. Sharapova lost several key matches in her career to Serena Williams, having a rather lopsided head to head record of 2 wins and 20 losses against the American legend.