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The amazing life of Maria Sharapova

By Rediff Sports
November 19, 2020 10:22 IST
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IMAGE: Maria Sharapova asks fans for suggestions for water creeks and waterfalls to visit. Photograph: Maria Sharapova/Instagram
 

Five-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA World No 1 Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from tennis in February.

'Tennis -- I'm saying goodbye', she wrote.

The 32-year-old Russian enjoyed a glittering career that saw her complete a career Grand Slam, win 36 WTA titles, and spend 21 weeks as WTA World No 1.

As a 17 year old in 2004, she won the ladies singles title at Wimbledon, followed by the US Open title two years later.

In 2008, she triumphed at the Australian Open before a pair of French Open victories arrived in 2012 and 2014.

In May during an Instagram live chat, World No 1 Novak Djokovic asked Sharapova how moving on from tennis was.

'I'd say the transition has been a lot different than I expected with the challenges we are all facing right now, but I did build a good base,' she said.

'I had many interests off the court and I utilised my spare time really well. I built really good networks and I learned a lot even while I was on the road.'

Sharapova went on to say that the last couple of years of tennis had been harsh on her body. And retirement was a relief as she didn't have to put her body under a lot of stress as she used to.

But that doesn't stop her from staying fit.

Take a look at Maria Sharapova's post retirement pictures:

Maria Sharapova

IMAGE: Sharapova shows fans how to work out in the lockdown. Photograph: Maria Sharapova/Instagram

 

Maria Sharapova

IMAGE: She visited the archeological sites at Mesa Verde in Colorado where a few dwellings date back to 500 AD. Photograph: Maria Sharapova/Instagram

 

Maria Sharapova

IMAGE: A sumptuous meal on her plate. Photograph: Maria Sharapova/Instagram

 

Maria Sharapova

IMAGE: The tennis star hikes +45miles. Photograph: Maria Sharapova/Instagram

 

Maria Sharapova

IMAGE: Sharapova at a Sunday farmer's market. Photograph: Maria Sharapova/Instagram

 

Maria Sharapova

IMAGE: Shall we look at her or her luxurious bathroom or the aesthetic wallpaper? Photograph: Maria Sharapova/Instagram

 

Maria Sharapova

IMAGE: Sharapova with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Photograph: Maria Sharapova/Instagram
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