Maria Sharapova retires at 32: Here's why she is the hottest tennis diva

Updated: Feb 27, 2020, 09:21 | Shawn.Dsouza
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    After tennis ace Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from professional tennis on February 26, 2020, she took to Instagram to share a throwback photo from her childhood tennis days with an emotional post: 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.

    Tennis—I'm saying goodbye.

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    Maria Sharapova's full name is Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (All Pics/ Sharapova's official Instagram)

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    Maria Sharapova started professionally training when she was just six-years-old when she attended a clinic located in Moscow

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    Maria Sharapova first entered the tennis scene back in 2000 at the age of just 16

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    Maria Sharapova is famous across the world of sports for her glamourous personality and gorgeous looks

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    Maria Sharapova is a former world number one. She has been at the top position a total of five times and for a period of 21 weeks.

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    Maria Sharapova earlier dated Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine

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    Maria Sharapova has had various modelling assignments and has also appeared in many campaigns for various sports and luxury brands.

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    Maria Sharapova was engaged to basketball player Sasha Vujacic. Maria Sharapova later dated tennis player Grigor Dimitrov

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    Maria Sharapova also has a business side to her. Sharapova owns a candy line named 'Sugarpova'

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    In 2016, Maria Sharapova was banned for 2 years from tennis after testing positive in a drug test. The suspension was later reduced to 15 months.

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    Maria Sharapova is known to be an aggressive baseline tennis player

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    Maria Sharapova is also known for her reverse forehand and is among few tennis stars to use it

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    Maria Sharapova won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics

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    Maria Sharapova is a five-time Grand Slam winner

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    Maria Sharapova stands tall at 6 ft 2 inches

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    Maria Sharapova has won the French Open title twice. Sharapova has won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open one time each

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    Maria Sharapova has won the Russian Cup Newcomer of the year and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Newcomer of the Year in 2003

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    Maria Sharapova was named WTA Player of the Year and WTA Most Improved Player of the Year in 2004

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    Maria Sharapova has won the ESPY Best Female Tennis Player in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012

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    Maria Sharapova has been listed as the highest paid female athlete for 11 consecutive years according to a report by Forbes magazine.

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    Sporting a bikini and a beach robe, Sharapova captioned this picture, 'When your instagram grid is still on vacation In the perfectly made, reversible beach robe.

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    Maria Sharapova is often known for her style and fashionable clothing

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About The Gallery

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova made headlines all throughout the media when she shocked the world by announcing her retirement at age 32. Over the years, Sharapova is known to bedazzle her audience not only on the court but also off it. We take a look at some of her hottest pictures on Instagram