“Learnt More From the Matches I Lost”: Maria Sharapova Reveals Coping With Failures

Published 02/07/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after her WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019 tennis match on January 28, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Russia’s Maria Sharapova is one of the world’s most talked-about players. She raised the bar in the women’s game. Her performances on the tennis court and her personality off it made her one of the world’s most famous athletes across all other sports. In 2006, she was the highest-paid athlete in the world and continued topping the charts till 2016!

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After her first-round exit in last season’s Australian Open, Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from the game. Towards the end of last year, she announced her engagement to a British businessman, Alexander Gilkes, who has close ties with members of the British Royal Family, Prince William, and Harry. 

SINGAPORE: Maria Sharapova of Russia in action during a round-robin match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals at Singapore Sports Hub in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova: “Failure Is a Natural Part of Life”

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Recently, the Russian superstar reflected on the failures she faced along her career. She also stated the positives taken back from those disappointing results. She stated, “Failure is just a natural part of life, and like anyone, I have definitely experienced my fair share throughout my career whether it’s losing a match or missing a business opportunity (to name a few).”

The former World No. 1 highlighted the importance of sports in her life. She compares her battles on the tennis courts to the ones faced outside it too. 

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International Tennis player Maria Sharapova poses for a photo at Hudson News in Grand Central Station on August 21, 2018 in New York City. Hudson Group announced this summer that it will serve as the exclusive United States travel retailer for sales of her candy line at Sugarpova. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Sugarpova)

The 33-year-old former professional player added, “By not looking at failure as being defeated, but instead, as an opportunity for change and growth. Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned came not from the matches I won but those I lost. Something I gained from sports was the importance of being critical in both my professional and personal success.”

During her career, Maria won five Grand Slam titles, comprising all four Majors played on the various surfaces. The French Open happens to be the Grand Slam she has won twice in her illustrious career. 

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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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