Five time Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova retires from tennis aged 32

Five time Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova retires from tennis aged 32

- Sharapova’s career dwindled towards the end following a string of shoulder injuries

- The 32-year old took to Instagram to announce to her fans that it was finally time to call it quits

- She, however, leaves the court with a number of titles including five Grand slams

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Five-time Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova has retired from the beautiful sport of tennis.

Sharapova retired at the tender age of 32 and an article written by Vogue and Vanity fair divulged that a consistent shoulder injury accelerated her decision to hang her racket.

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She also took to Instagram to share a teary goodbye message to the dismay of fans across the world.

“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,” her statement read.

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The Russian is one of the most decorated ladies in the sport and won her first grand slam at Wimbledon at the tender age of 17 back in 2004.

She completed her career slam by winning all four major titles through triumphing in the French open in 2012 in what is arguably the highlight of her career.

Her career, however, took a major stumble after she was served a 15-month ban in 2015 after testing positive to meldonium.

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Since the ban, she was never the same again and after her return in 2017, she had a hard time rediscovering her best form and injuries did little to help her cause.

As a result, she recorded her lowest position in world rankings, dropping to a staggering 373rd place.

She also lost in the first round in all her previous three Grand slams at the time.

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