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SHARAPOVA – WHEN AN “ANGLE” ENDED HER MISSION AS A TENNIS PLAYER

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.