Retiring from her career at the age of 32, but with Maria Sharapova, tennis is just like a mountain peak and it’s time for her to conquer new goals.
To understand why the number one former tennis player in the world retired, we need to find out what makes her unbearable.
The pain has been a companion for Sharapova for two years, one of the iconic athletes of the 21st century. Completing the ban on competition for doping in 2016, the Russian tennis player She was unable to return to the peak of her career, the period she used to take to the Grand Slam.
Since then, Sharapova has continued to face and endure recurrent pains in her right shoulder, tensing the muscles in her arms, sometimes making it almost impossible for her to hold the racket. But not so that Sharapova faltered. On the contrary, she persevered more and called it a great tool to help her overcome the crisis of recurrence of injury and revitalizing her career.
Masha was suspended in 2016 for using meldonium, a new banned drug, which is used to treat cardiovascular patients. Sharapova explained that she used it for years because of a family history of diabetes and dizziness due to magnesium deficiency.
She confirmed that she did not know that meldonium has been added to the list of banned substances of the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA. The arbitral tribunal later stated that Sharapova should not be considered “intentional fraud”, and the banning period was reduced from two years to 15 months.
In early March 2019, Sharapova confirmed a minor shoulder surgery and announced a few weeks’ break. But pushing the limit of tolerance only made her suffer more. The return of the “Russian Doll” lasted only two seasons and ended with a defeat in the first round of the Australian Open 2020 against Donna Vekic in January.
During the flight from Australia back home in Los Angeles, Sharapova felt one thing clearly, it was time to say goodbye to his career. Kobe Bryant’s helicopter accident on January 26 made it even more obvious. They had planned to meet, but the tragic accident happened.