Sharapova retires from tennis

Image result for maria sharapovaTennis star Maria Sharapova announced Wednesday that she was retiring from the sport. Sharapova, 32, won five Grand Slam singles titles, including a win over then top-ranked Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2004 when Sharapova was just 17.

In an essay published in Vanity Fair, Sharapova said she realized the injuries that plagued her career were preventing her from competing at the highest level, and her “body had become a distraction.”

She was also a highly visible figure off the court.

Her endorsements with prominent companies like Nike helped her become one of the highest-earning women’s athletes in the world.

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