Pickleball Slam 2: Maria Sharapova Freaks Out About ‘Twitched Shoulder’, Thanks to a Bizarre Meme

Published 02/04/2024, 11:32 AM EST

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In the age of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer, the world often forgets the other greats who made fans fall in love with tennis. These were the legends who made the game what it is today, defining generations to come. With Maria Sharapova stepping onto the Pickleball court after retirement, the Russian WTA star faced quite a scare right before her Pickleball Slam 2 participation, and it was all over a meme!

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Maria Sharapova took to Instagram to announce a scare that reached out from her screen and gripped her in real life. And it was all because of a blast from the past!

Maria Sharapova startles after meme sends her shuddering right before Pickleball Slam 2

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While Maria Sharapova’s inclusion in the names appearing at Pickleball Slam 2 was something of a surprise, an old meme of her playing tennis is not among fans. It seems Sharapova may have let it go unnoticed for quite some time, and her first encounter with it left her shocked!

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As she would go on to explain while using her phone, Maria Sharapova was greeted with a particular image on her Instagram story, one made her shoulders twitch out of emotion. Needless to say, Sharapova was not the only one to see it, and she even went on to post the image in her story.

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Whether this shoulder twitch becomes a factor in her participation in Pickleball Slam 2 remains to be seen. What fans are sure of is seeing all their favorite legends reunited will be a great moment to take a trip down memory lane.

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Sharapova reflects on her Pickleball participation

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While competitive tennis games might get frustrating, Pickleball is just a good round of sport, which is one of the reasons why Maria Sharapova will be participating. In an interview, the Russian beauty explained, “I think all the legends on the court come from very competitive backgrounds, and there will be no holding back, which will make it so much more exciting and fun. Every time I play, it’s been really fun to see how much I giggle, but also how frustrated I can get during some of the games.

Tennis players seldom get a chance where they can step on a court just for fun. In the rush for competitive titles, the Pickleball Slam is a fun way of reuniting legends for the love of the sport. With John McEnroe as partner, the duo will go up against real-life power couple Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf for a $1 million bounty.

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With the four legends taking up Pickleball Slam 2, it will certainly draw eyes to the sport. As Sharapova would explain, the business side of things will be growing significantly in the coming months and years!

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Siddharth Shirwadkar is an up and coming eSports writer at EssentiallySports with deep roots in the world of gaming. Pursuing Multimedia and Mass Communication, Siddharth has all the necessary tools to convert his love for gaming into fascinating articles. His journey began at the age of six, with the first person shooter that has enthralled the whole gaming community during the 2000s, the classic Counter-Strike 1.
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