Beautiful! Maria Sharapova Vacations in England’s Countryside With Fiancé Alexander Gilkes

Published 07/19/2021, 11:36 PM EDT
WESTWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: Tennis Player Maria Sharapova arrives for the Premiere Of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Battle Of The Sexes” at Regency Village Theatre on September 16, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)


In February 2020, tennis lost one of its gems. The retirement of Russian icon Maria Sharapova came as an immense shock to the tennis fraternity.

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At the age of 32, Sharapova decided to call it a day on her picturesque career. After a long, hard battle with injuries, Maria left the game with the same poise and panache that she used to play it.

Maria Sharapova’s journey across two decades

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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)

The former World No.1 began her career in 2001 and won numerous titles along the way. Sharapova is the holder of 5 Grand Slams and is one of only ten women to win a Career Grand Slam (all four Slams).

She won the French Open on two occasions in 2012 and 2014, and each of the other Majors once. Along with these, the Russian has also secured an Olympic silver medal in 2012.

Maria Sharapova was one of the most fierce hitters on the WTA Tour. She has annihilated just about every big name from her generation.

However, from 2016 onwards, Sharapova was on the wrong side of multiple physical issues. She faced injury after injury and was also suspended from the sport for a while.

When she made her much-anticipated return in 2017, it was a treat to watch her on court again. Unfortunately, the Russian never reached the level she once used to play at and decided to call it a day in 2020.

Maria Sharapova seen relaxing in UK with fiancé

The 34-year-old made it clear at the time that she was retiring from the sport but wanted to be doing other multi-faceted things off the court. She has been an active entrepreneur, and keeps her fans happy through social media. Recently, Maria was seen having a soothing holiday in the United Kingdom.

 

Sharapova’s fiancé, Alexander, took to Instagram to put up some aesthetic images of the duo in the British countryside. The former WTA Finals winner was enjoying a drink, petting a horse, and having some good alone-time to read.

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Despite leaving the sport over a year ago, Maria Sharapova continues to be a widely talked-about celebrity in the tennis world. After paving a sensational path on the court, she is doing wonders off the court.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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