Tennis star Maria Sharapova, one of the richest and most famous athletes of the 21st century announced her retirement at 32 in a column written for Vanity Fair and Vogue. She had been worn down by injuries that hindered her as she tried to return to the top following a failed doping test.
The five-time Grand Slam winning Russian retires after having last won a grand slam in 2014 when she clinched the French Open for the second time. She last played at the 2020 Australian Open, where she was knocked out in the first round by Donna Vekić.
In an article written for Vogue and Vanity Fair, Sharapova said her body “had become a distraction” after a long struggle with shoulder injuries. The Russian won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2004 aged 17 and completed the career slam, all major titles by winning the French Open in 2012.
“Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain,” Sharapova wrote in her retirement essay for Vanity Fair.
The Russian, who moved to Florida as a child, served a 15-month ban after having tested positive for a banned substance in 2016. Since that suspension, Sharapova managed to reach only one major quarterfinal.
Reports suggest she has earned over $30 million in endorsements over the course of her career while she owns her own sweet brand called Sugarpova, and it is those businesses interests she will now focus her time on.