After a glittering career that saw her complete a career Grand Slam, win 36 WTA titles, and spend 21 weeks as the WTA World No.1, Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from tennis this week.
You can read the touching farewell she wrote to the sport here.
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. pic.twitter.com/kkOiJmXuln
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) February 26, 2020
What an unbelievable career for the 32-year-old Russian, who battled through injuries the whole way. The farewells and tributes poured in this week.
— Nike (@Nike) February 26, 2020
A 5x major champion and a former World No. 1, her business success is just as impressive as her tennis achievements.
Maria, the best is yet to come for you! #MissYouMaria
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) February 26, 2020
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) February 27, 2020
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2020
🍿 Counting down some of @MariaSharapova's best moments at the US Open 🍿
1⃣ We have to start with when she won the 2006 US Open, of course 🏆 pic.twitter.com/zepWsg1Gc9
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) February 26, 2020
Oh, and she also won Wimbledon when she was 17. years. old. I mean, come on!
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) February 26, 2020
Retire on Monday, Shark Tank on Saturday? I’m here for it!
— Shark Tank (@ABCSharkTank) February 27, 2020
Still trying to get the tears under control too, Maria. All the best in retirement!
Just when I got the tears under control ….😭 https://t.co/mR9f3C201U
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) February 27, 2020
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Leylah Annie Fernandez has been taking the tennis world by storm in 2020 . She’ll play for a spot in her first WTA final on Friday night in Mexico!
— leylahfernandez (@leylahfernandez) February 28, 2020
Two finals in two weeks for the always entertaining Felix Auger-Aliassime. Take a well deserved week off, FAA!
The Djoker stretched his outrageous unbeaten streak to 17 in 2020, defeating Gael Monfils in a three-set marathon on Friday in Dubai. Probably could have been a pretty good soccer player too…
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 28, 2020
— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) February 24, 2020
Djokovic can use his head, Nadal can use his feet…I see a future beyond tennis for the Grand Slam champs. Nadal is playing (and winning) in Mexico this week.
Tennis skills: ✅
Footy skills: ✅
— ATP Tour (@atptour) February 28, 2020
And, of course, Pospisil and maple syrup continued their loving partnership at the National Bank Challenger in Calgary this week. A match made in heaven if you ask me!
— CalgaryNBChallenger (@YYCNBChallenger) February 23, 2020
(Feature image: @MariaSharapova)