Will be pushing, climbing & growing in my next chapter: Sharapova

New Delhi


Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, has expressed gratitude towards tennis, saying it was the sport which showed her the world and what she was. She also vowed that in her next chapter, she will try to "push, climb and grow".

"Tennis showed me the world-and it showed me what I was made of. It's how I tested myself and how I measured my growth. And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I'll still be pushing. I'll still be climbing. I'll still be growing," tweeted Sharapova after announcing her retirement from professional tennis.

On Wednesday, the 32-year-old said in a column in Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines that recurring injuries in recent years has led to her making the decision of retirement.

"How do you leave behind the only life you've ever known? How do you walk away from the courts you've trained on since you were a little girl, the game that you love - one which brought you untold tears and unspeakable joys - a sport where you found a family, along with fans who rallied behind you for more than 28 years? I'm new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis - I'm saying goodbye," she said.

Sharapova did not specify if her decision is with immediate effect. She last played at the 2020 Australian Open where she lost in the first round to Serbian 19th seed Donna Vekic.

Long standing shoulder problems have resulted in the Russian hardly playing any matches over the past year. Sharapova said that a big indicator that it may be time to hang up her boots came during the 2019 US Open.

The Russian tennis star shot to fame when she won the Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17. She went on to complete a career slam -- winning all four Major titles -- when she won the French Open in 2012.IANS