Maria Sharapova retires in sad end to amazing tennis career

Maria Sharapova is retiring from tennis, the Russian star announced Wednesday.

The 32-year-old won five grand slam tournaments in her career, her first coming when she burst onto the scene by conquering Wimbledon in 2004.

The latter stages of her career were marred by a 15-month doping ban in 2016 and various injuries that hampered her comeback.

“Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain,” Sharapova wrote in a retirement essay for Vanity Fair.

“My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible. After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain—to compete on a different type of terrain…. 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 would win all four grand slams in her career, including two French Opens. Her final match will end up being a first-round loss to Donna Vekic at last month’s Australian Open.

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