“Being Brave Enough To Do It Again”: Maria Sharapova Reveals How She Deals With Failure

Published 05/06/2021, 12:00 PM CDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 07: Tennis player Maria Sharapova addresses the media regarding a failed drug test at The LA Hotel Downtown on March 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Sharapova, a five-time major champion, is currently the 7th ranked player on the WTA tour. Sharapova, withdrew from this week’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells due to injury. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Former tennis ace Maria Sharapova was considered one of the fiercest players in the game. The Russian superstar was also one of the most glamourous players in the sport. Therefore, she enjoyed tremendous success off the tennis courts too. During her career, she was the highest-paid female athlete for eleven consecutive years.  

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Recently, Maria Sharapova spoke about issues that can affect an individual in a negative manner and emphasized failure. She explained that failure can be experienced in various forms. Sometimes it may be through losing a match, or at times, a player simply isn’t happy with the way they have played the match. 

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – OCTOBER 23: Maria Sharapova attends a press conference during her visit to bring aid for hurricane relief at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on October 23, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Gladys Vega/Getty Images)

The Russian star stated, “From a very young age I realized that failing, that term comes in so many different ways. It’s either losing or about not feeling good about the way you performed. But giving yourself the chance to keep failing, giving yourself the chance to keep going out there, and being brave enough to do it again. I truly believe that applies in so many different aspects of life.”

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Maria Sharapova insists an individual must be courageous 

Sharapova maintained that one should not feel demotivated due to failure. If an individual doesn’t succeed, they should keep trying and pushing themselves harder than they did in the previous attempts. At the same time, one must have the courage to repeat the process until success is achieved. 

Maria Sharapova won five Grand Slam titles in her career. She won a Major at all the four different Grand Slam events and the French Open happens to be the only one she claimed twice. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 16: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning her second round match against Karin Knapp of Italy during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Nonetheless, her first Grand Slam win will be one of the best memories of her life. As a 17-year-old teenager, she beat then World No. 1 Serena Williams on Centre Court to win the Wimbledon Championships. 

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After announcing her retirement last season, she got engaged to a British businessman Alexander Gilkes towards the end of the year in December. She still remains involved in her business endeavors. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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