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Decided to give up her career at the age of 32, Sharapova described tennis to her, to be just like the peak of a mountain and it’s high time for her to reach different goals. 

“I looked at those pictures capturing myself, every moment when I was about to hit the ball or when I got off the ground and then hit it. I can not even stare at them once again as they truly make me shrank in terror. I was hurt!” – ex-top 1 worldwide professional tennis player committed.

The pain has been Sharapova’s “companion” for the past 2 years. After being tested positive for meldonium then facing the two-year ban, the gorgeous Russian tennis player was unlikely to make her way to success again.

Since then, Sharapova successively suffered from long-lasting pain in shoulders, muscle tension in armpits. It was so unbearable that sometimes she even could not pick up the racket. However, it could not retain her passion for tennis. She kept taking part in competitions to get over pains and revive what she had lost.

“As all of you see, throughout my career, perseverance is the key, the superior strength of myself. It is the greatest thing.” Sharapova shared in an interview with The New York Times. “However, I started to feel something, that “hyper” – perseverance turned to be a weakness, my stubborn attitude had a bad impact on my life and career.”

Masha was banned from competitions in 2016 since being exposed to meldonium. However, she acclaimed this was because of her diabetes and lack of magie. She ensured not to know that meldonium had been in prohibited substances effective January 1 of this year World Anti-Doping Agency. The tribunal then reduced the ban from 2 years to 15 months. 

In the very first March 2019, Sharapova acclaimed to have been through an operation on her shoulders and needed to take a break for a few weeks. However, she soon came back to enter competitions. Putting everything beyond limits never seems to be a good choice. The comeback of Russian “angle” only lasts 2 tournaments and then come to an end with her failure in the first round of Open Australia 2020 to Donna Vekic. 

“There will be no more competitions or tournaments,” Sharapova said. On the flight from Australia to come home in L.A, she strongly felt a sense of retirement. The death of her close friend, Kobe Bryant on 26/01, when he and Sharapova had planned to meet each other 3 days later, seems to make it clearer than ever.

Premier League

Liverpool without Henderson in the last three weeks

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will be out of action for about three weeks due to a hamstring injury.

Henderson suffered from the end of the 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on February 18. The test results later showed that the 29-year-old English midfielder suffered a hamstring injury, had to take a break for three weeks.

However, coach Jurgen Klopp thinks that Liverpool is lucky because Henderson’s injury is not too serious when compared to some other cases.

Henderson grimaced with a hamstring pain at the end of the defeat to Atletico Madrid on February 18.

“Henderson’s injury may have been much more serious. There are many types of hamstring injuries in the Premier League, with severe cases like Harry Kane,” the German military told Sky Sports on February 21. “If not too bad, Henderson will only take a three-week break. Of course, this is not fun, but we think we are still lucky.”

With three weeks of injury, Henderson will be absent when Liverpool meet West Ham, Watford, then Bournemouth in the English Premier League, meet Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round. He is also unlikely to recover to play when Liverpool host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the 1/8 Champions League round on March 11.

Klopp therefore began to calculate the alternative personnel plan from the match against West Ham in the 27th Premier League round, Tuesday 25/2. “I may have to change some positions, because except Henderson, the remaining players are completely healthy,” he said.

Henderson is one of the players who have played the most games for Liverpool this season, with 34 appearances in all competitions. Particularly in the Premier League, this midfielder played 25 matches, including 22 main matches, contributed three goals and five assists.

Without Henderson, Klopp coach still has many alternatives such as Fabinho, James Milner, Naby Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum, Lallana or young star Curtis Jones.

Premier League

Klopp set an Premier League record

Jurgen Klopp is the first person to receive the Best Coach of the Year five times in a Premier League season.

The organizing committee of the Premier League on February 7 awarded the best coach in January 2020 to Jurgen Klopp. This is the German coach’s fifth month award, for the past six months of the season. The old record belonged to Pep Guardiola with four awards for the 2017-2018 season.

The only time Klopp was not honored was October 2019. At that time, Liverpool were drawn by Man Utd and it was the only time Klopp’s team did not win from the beginning of the season. That month’s award went to Chelsea coach Frank Lampard.

Klopp has won the Premier League’s best five times in the past six months.

In January 2020, Liverpool won all five matches, extending the win to 15 games. The defeat of Klopp’s teachers and students were Sheffield United, Tottenham, Man Utd, Wolves and West Ham respectively. They are strong at the top of the table, 19 points better than the second team.

No team has achieved the same victory as Liverpool in January 2020. The second team to score the most was Man City, with 10 points from three wins, one draw. That’s why Klopp has no rivals with other nominees, such as Guardiola, Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton) and Nigel Pearson (Watford).

Klopp also surpassed Guardiola to receive his eighth month award. He leveled the achievements of Martin O’Neill and Harry Redknapp, fourth in the leaderboard. Klopp is only two points below the third place of David Moyes.

Klopp: ‘Liverpool is not perfect’

Coach Jurgen Klopp affirmed that Liverpool still had many defects despite leading the Premier League with an unprecedented difference.

The above result helps Liverpool to win 24th in 25 games this season (the remaining match is drawn). They thereby equalized a series of 20 home games for Man City in the English Premier League, and a 42-match unbeaten match of Nottingham Forest. However, Klopp said he only focused on each Liverpool game, not on the score sheet or the records.

Liverpool will have a two-week break before meeting Norwich in the next round on February 16. If they maintain their current form, Anfield Stadium will probably become the first team to win the Premier League title in March.

Premier League

Chelsea draw 2-2 in the 25th Premier League round

Defender Antonio Rudiger scored a brace to help Chelsea draw 2-2 at Leicester Stadium in the 25th Premier League round on 1/2.

The match was tense when it greatly influenced the race to win the Champions League next season. Leicester, after losing their breath in recent rounds, is gradually under pressure from Chelsea and Man Utd.

Brendan Rodgers’ teachers and men will increase the gap with the fourth team Chelsea by two numbers if they beat the opponent. But two goals from Rudiger’s goal in the second half kept the distance between the two teams still maintained at eight points.

Rudiger’s two goals came from fixed situations, and were created by Mason Mount. The German center-back opened the scoring in the 46th minute, then scored a 2-2 draw in the 71st minute. After seven years since John Terry scored twice against Fulham, Chelsea saw a defender score twice. in a Premier League match.

Both teams welcomed the return of the main goalscorers, when Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham promptly recovered from injury. Concern was also given to Chelsea’s goalkeeper position, where Kepa, despite having no physical problems, had to prepare for Willy Caballero.

Caballero, in his second major start in the Premier League this season, cannot return the trust of coach Frank Lampard. Fumbling in and out of the 38-year-old goalkeeper helped Chelsea not get all three points, although the away team played better in the whole match.

After 64 minutes, Caballero dropped the goal to chase an opponent’s excessive cross. Youri Tielemans watched quickly and horizontally for Ben Chilwell to cushion the ball into the near corner. Caballero, due to the far distance, did not make it in time to make a clearance.

After Chilwell increased the score to 2-1 and Rudiger equalized thanks to the second header in the match, the two teams played tit-for-tat. Leicester, thanks to a better physical platform, created more threatening shots in the last 15 minutes.

They were close to the third table, but Jonny Evans and Harvey Barnes finished outside in an empty position just standing about 10 meters away from goal. At the end, Rudiger let the ball touch his hand, but the referee said no to the penalty in the blockade of the host players.

Football leagues

Tottenham interrupted the not-winning series at Premier League

After four draws and losses, Tottenham defeated Norwich 2-1 in the 24 Premier League round on January 23.

Great pressure was on coach Jose Mourinho when Tottenham did not win in the last four Premier League matches, including the last three without scoring.

Prior to their match against Norwich, the last time they conceded an opponent from a live ball in the Premier League was on December 26, in a 2-1 win against Brighton. After six hours and 18 minutes, Tottenham finally scored from a combined phase in the open situation.

Mourinho launched the squad with many surprises. He said Hugo Lloris would not return before February, but the French goalkeeper took the lead in place of Paulo Gazzaniga – who had just pushed the penalty and helped Tottenham keep a clean sheet against Watford.

Ryan Sessegnon returned to his left-back position after two games in the Premier League, while Christian Eriksen was on the bench even though Mourinho said in a pre-match press conference that the Danish midfielder would start.

Sun newspaper revealed the Tottenham player was fed up with Mourinho’s long play. But with Harry Kane taking a long break due to injury, Tottenham was forced to play short when Lucas Moura kicked, right on the trio of Son, Alli and Lamela. Of these, Erik Lamela is least cared for by Norwich defenders. The Argentine midfielder had two chances in the first 10 minutes, but couldn’t score.

Even when leading 0-1 after the first half, Norwich did not tremble. Right-back Max Aarons, one of the players Mourinho wanted to bring back to Tottenham, brought the penalty in the 68th minute. The slow spin showed that the impact from Sessegnon was not large enough, but VAR still concluded that there was a penalty. From a distance of 11 meters, Pukki defeated Lloris to score the 12th goal this season.

The 2-1 victory was inconclusive, but it was enough to reduce the pressure on Jose Mourinho in the absence of Willian Jose during Kane’s injury. Tottenham rose to sixth, with the same 34 points as Man Utd but less than the sub-index. They are six points away from Chelsea’s fourth place. Norwich stomped at the bottom of the table with 17 points, six points above the next team.

Football leagues

Man Utd – Liverpool and the matches worth waiting for this week

Man Utd is the only team that makes Liverpool split points in the Premier League, before the reunion at Anfield.

Liverpool – Man Utd -Sunday, January 19

Since the beginning of the season, Man Utd was the only team that made Liverpool drop points in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s teachers used a reasonable strategy in the first leg and almost won, without Adam Lallana’s 1-1 equalizer at the end of the match. But the problem with Man Utd right now is that their midfield is completely inferior to the opponent.

Liverpool doesn’t have real stars floating in the middle of the pitch. But they have a stable and uniform framework. Every player who plays comes to know they have to perform well if they don’t want to be a substitute. With a gap too big for the second team, Liverpool has one hand on the championship. But if you can not win against Man Utd on the journey to the throne, it will be a minus point for teachers and students Jurgen Klopp.

Man Utd have defeated Wolves and Norwich recently. But their somewhat lackluster gameplay was gradually caught, no longer surprising the opponents that they could take advantage of the counter-kick. A back injury left Marcus Rashford’s ability to play open. If the striker is absent, it will be a great loss for Solskjaer’s army.

Juventus – Parma – 2h45 Monday, January 20

Juventus is not in the best form in Serie A this season. But they returned to the top of the table after beating Roma 2-1, while Inter were held to a 1-1 draw by Atalanta in the previous round. Next to the seventh team – Parma – this weekend is the opportunity for Maurizio Sarri’s army to win the fourth consecutive victory in all competitions.

The “old lady” is entering a pivotal period of the season. In the middle of next week, they face Roma in the National Cup before being a guest of Napoli on January 26. The Champions League will return next month. Therefore, Sarri needs to help the home team to create a certain distance in the race in Serie A to be able to focus for two matches against Lyon in the continental arena.