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“I Used to Be so Lonely”: Maria Sharapova Opens up on Tough Childhood

Published 02/05/2020, 7:44 AM EST


A difficult childhood leaves some people wounded and disadvantaged. However, for some, a tough childhood drives them to outrageous achievement and success. Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova comes under the latter group of people.

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The Russian star had a tough childhood as she moved away from her family at a young age to practice at a tennis academy in Florida. However, which particular incident made Sharapova stronger? She answers.

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“I missed my mother terribly”: Maria Sharapova

Sharapova was always surrounded by her parents and grandparents. However, she moved to the USA practising at a tennis academy at a small age. While she was caught up in her training, she was also sad not to be able to see her mother every day.

“I used to be so lonely. I missed my mother terribly. My father was working as much as he could so he couldn’t see me either,” Sharapova recalled in her autobiography – Unstoppable: My life so far.

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“I never thought about quitting”: Sharapova

Maria Sharapova also recollected that as a little girl when she began training, she would fall asleep much earlier (8 p.m.) than the other kids who were older than her. However, they would come into the room as late as 11 p.m. They would also wake her up and order her to clean up the room.

Instead of buckling under pressure, this kind of humiliation made her mentally strong and determined person. The five-time Grand Slam champion did not get depressed and was very driven towards her goal.

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“I learned how to take care of myself. I never thought about quitting because I knew what I wanted. When you come from nothing and you have nothing, it makes you very hungry and determined. I would have put up with much more humiliation and insults than that in order to steadfastly pursue my dream,” Sharapova concluded.

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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