Five-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from international Tennis on Wednesday. “Tennis – I’m saying goodbye,” Sharapova said in an article for Vogue and Vanity magazine. The 32 years old have not been active on the court for a long time now owing to her long-standing shoulder injury.
The last Grand Slam she won was back in 2014. The Russian sportswoman is one of the most renowned personalities in sports having had won her first Tennis tournament, Wimbledon, in 2004 at the age of 17.
She claimed the No. 1 Tennis player rank in 2005 and won the US Open next year. Currently, her ranking is 373rd. She has also represented her country in the Olympics having had won Silver medal in London 2012.
Maria is also one of the richest Tennis players to ever exist with her career earnings of $38.8 million, according to the Women’s Tennis Association. She is only behind Serena Williams ($92.7 million) and her sister Venus ($41.8 million) in lifetime earnings.