Maria Sharapova Announces Retirement After Five Grand Slam Titles

Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 32.
A five-time grand slam champion, Sharapova has struggled with injuries in recent years while she also served a 15-month ban after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Announcing her decision to step away from the game in Vogue and Vanity Fair, she wrote:
How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known?

How do you walk away from the courts you’ve trained on since you were a little girl, the game that you love — one which brought you untold tears and unspeakable joys — a sport where you found a family, along with fans who rallied behind you for more than 28 years?

I'm new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis — I'm saying goodbye.
Five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova celebrates winning Wimbledon back in 2004

During her career, Sharapova won Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open once, while clinching the French Open twice. 

Her retirement comes just three years after returning from her drugs ban following a failed test from the 2016 Australian Open, in which she tested positive for meldonium.

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