Besides being considered one of the most glamorous athletes, Maria Sharapova’s performances speak for themselves. She has held the top spot in the WTA rankings on five occasions. Furthermore, she has won all four grand slams in the game and is the only person from her country to hold this honor.
Sharapova won her first slam when she faced Serena Williams at Wimbledon, back in 2004. Much to everybody’s surprise, Maria knocked off the then world no. 1 in straight sets. That win granted her overnight stardom. Since then, the Russian has done remarkably in her career and has won 36 titles overall.
As the year 2020 ended, players around the world have poured in their wishes and thoughts on the previous year. The former world no. 1 also posted a thoughtful message on Twitter.
The 5x Slam Champion wrote, “2020, I imagined you to be very different. As we all did! Admittedly, you sprinkled some brilliance in midst of harsh and heartbreaking realities. Personally, you gave me the courage to let go of the one life and career I ever knew.”
In the previous year, Maria took a tough decision and announced her retirement from the game. To call it a day is one of the toughest decisions an individual makes. On the other end, she announced her engagement to a British businessman, Alexander Gilkes.
In her New Year message, she also stated, “I pinch myself daily for the timing of that decision. And you gave me the gift and commitment of a lifetime waking up next to my best friend every morning. Incredibly inspired for what’s to come in 2021. Happy New Year!!”
Sharapova retired from the game after her first-round loss to Donna Vekic at last year’s Australian Open. As she enters a new chapter in her life, we wish her the very best moving forward.