Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sharapova announces retirement - in Vanity Fair and Vogue

Sharapova announces retirement - in Vanity Fair and Vogue

The Russian, who moved to Florida as a child, served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016.

"Many girls compared themselves to her". She added Olympic silver to her resume that year.

A year later, Sharapova became the third-youngest woman in history to triumph at Wimbledon, defeating Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4.

Showing the tenacity that marked her career, she battled back though and her two French Open titles on a claycourt surface she once loathed earned Sharapova admiration.

Her best result was reaching the quarterfinals at the French Open in 2018, while previous year she reached the fourth round at the Australian Open and was knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

She may have been unlucky in love, but Sharapova hit the jackpot in her commercial affairs.

"Beauty sells. I have to realise that's a part of why people want me".

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While that will keep her busy, Sharapova said the thrill of competition will be missed.

After initially getting a two-year suspension, Sharapova appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which reduced the penalty, ruling she bore "less than significant fault" in the case and could not "be considered to be an intentional doper". When she was suspended Tag Heuer cut off talks over a new deal and Porsche and Nike suspended promotional plans, though they did not sever their links.

Following her return she wasn't the same player, with a spate of injuries sending her ranking down to 373.

Those free-passes irked many of her contemporaries already suspicious of the Russian's aloofness.

Last month, Sharapova was given a wild card entry at the Australian Open but lost in straight sets in the first round to Croatia's Donna Vekic. By 2011, she had reclaimed her status as a top-five player and remained there until 2016. "At one point, life goes on and there's a lot of things to look forward to". "Every time I come up against her, I bring out some of my best tennis".

WTA chief executive Steve Simon added: "She will be greatly missed by her millions of fans around the world, but I know this will also mark an exciting new beginning for Maria as she now focuses on her many business ventures, charitable activities and other outside interests". "To me, that doesn't make me sad, that makes me excited".

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