“Not to Win Grand Slams”: Maria Sharapova Hints She’ll Not Return to Professional Tennis

Published 01/11/2021, 9:00 AM EST
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)


5-time Grand Slam winner, Maria Sharapova has left a special legacy, one of a kind. The success she’s enjoyed on the tennis courts has been equivalent to the success she’s enjoyed outside of it too. Sharapova has been ranked as the highest-paid female athlete for a record 11 consecutive times. 

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When she began playing in the majors, she was a young teenager. The Russian will always be remembered for her first Grand Slam title victory. A young 17-year-old beat the then World No. 1 Serena Williams on the Center Court at Wimbledon. The stage couldn’t be grander. That win changed her life, and she became an overnight sensation.

After all these glorious years, Maria Sharapova decided to hang her boots. The loss she suffered against Donna Vekic in the first round of the Australian Open last year was the final nail in the coffin.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 27: Maria Sharapova launches Sugarpova at Kingdom of Sweets on June 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images for Sugarpova)

Sharapova: Training to keep sane

Recently, Maria was doing a round of questions and answers with her fans. The Russian was asked if she still trains or workouts, and she stated, “Training but for sanity and toning/not to win grand slams.” The Russian seems certain that she doesn’t intend to make a comeback. At least for now, she seems quite occupied with her professional commitments and endorsements.

Although she’s the face of a number of leading brands, her company ‘Sugarpova’ holds importance in her professional and personal life. Sugarpova is a premium candy line that reflects the glamorous character of the Russian herself. 

Maria Sharapova got engaged in December 2020

The former world no. 1 has her own foundation, the Maria Sharapova Foundation, which involves looking after the needs of the lesser privileged children. In December last year, Sharapova got engaged to her boyfriend Alexander Gilkes. Gilkes is a British businessman who has good relations with the royal family of England. 

With the years gone by, players such as Kim Clijsters, Martina Hingis, and yesteryears greats’ Martina Navratilova along with Margaret Court, all made a comeback at some point after retiring initially in their careers. As of now, Sharapova is enjoying her retirement, and surely her fans will support her in all her future endeavors. 

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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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