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Tennis Great Maria Sharapova Announces Retirement At Age 32

Maria Sharapova raising her hand.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16: Maria Sharapova of Russia waves to the crowd after victory in her second round women's singles match against Rebecca Peterson of Sweden during day three of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from the sport of tennis this morning at age 32.

Sharapova competed on the WTA tour since 2001 and held the No. 1 world ranking on five occasions. She captured 36 WTA titles and is one of 10 women to hold the career Grand Slam with at least one victory in all four of tennis' major tournaments.

Sharapova won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17. She went on to capture the 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open. Sharapova won the French Open twice, in 2012 and 2014.

Injuries and a 15-month ban for a failed drug test for meldonium hampered Sharapova in the later years of her career. She won her last WTA singles event at the 2017 Tianjin Open in China, finishing with a 36-23 career record in final matches.

Sharapova announced her retirement on social media and via exclusive interview with Vanity Fair.

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.

Tennis—I’m saying goodbye.

Hats off to Sharapova for an overall historic career.

Best of luck in retirement.