By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Tennis star Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement on Wednesday. She leaves the game at 32.
“Tennis—I’m saying goodbye,” Sharapova said in an essay that appeared in Vogue and Vanity Fair.
The former No. 1 ranked woman in the world has struggled in recent years. She also faced a lengthy suspension for taking an illegal drug several years ago.
According to the Associated Press, Sharapova played in just two matches this year. And she lost both of them.
She also played in just 15 matches last year. She went 8-7 in those matches.
“I put in all the right work,” Sharapova said after her final match. “There is no guarantee that even when you do all of those things, that you’re guaranteed victory in a first round or in the third round or in the final. That’s the name of this game. That’s why it’s so special to be a champion, even for one time.”
Sharapova — who moves from Russia to Florida at a young age — ends her career as the 373 singles ranked woman in the world, according to the WTA Tennis page.
She had 36 career wins; her last coming in 2017. Sharapova was 197-53 in grand slam matches.
The Bradenton, Florida native won Wimbledon in 2004. Two years later, she also won the U.S. Open.
In 2008, she won the Australian Open. She also won Roland Garros twice in 2012 and 2014.
In her career, she went 645-171. She has made $38.7 million in her career.