Maria Sharapova Retires at 32


Benny Po, Staff Writer

After a 19-year career in professional tennis, a career which includes numerous accolades such as five grand slam singles titles, a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics, and a maiden grand slam singles title at just 17 years old, Maria Sharapova announced her retirement on Feb. 26.

Retiring at the age of 32, in part due to a string of lingering injuries, Sharapova will end her lengthy and illustrious career without a farewell tour. After a suspension in 2016 for illegal performance enhancing drug abuse, as well as recurring tendon damage in her right shoulder, Sharapova has retired from the game professionally, but claims that she will not be quitting tennis.

Immigrating from Russia, Sharapova’s story is one of incredible perseverance and tenacity, propelling herself to tennis stardom at the young age of only 14 years old. Her unrivaled aggressiveness on the court and generational skill will continue to impact the sport for years to come. Beyond that, Sharapova’s legacy is one that has inspired thousands of immigrant athletes, and will continue to inspire aspiring young tennis players around the world.