Maria Sharapova has finally called it as she announced her retirement from the international Tennis circuit, almost 19 years after turning Pro in 2001.
In her long illustrious career, Sharapova achieved so much as a teenager and is undoubtedly one of the most famous women’s tennis players of this generation alongside the 23-time grand slam winner, Serena Williams.
To celebrate Maria Sharapova’s career, which stretched almost 15 years, let’s take a look at her top 5 career achievements.
#5 First Grand Slam victory
On July 3, 2004, Sharapova won her maiden Grand Slam title by beating tournament favourite, Serena Williams, in the Wimbledon final. She recorded a straight-sets victory with a score of 6-1, 6-4.
#4 First Russia women to top WTA charts
A year after winning her first major Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2004, Maria Sharapova etched her name in women’s Tennis history as she became the first Russian women’s player to attain the number one spot in WTA career rankings. During her entire career, Sharapova held the top spot on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks.
#3 Rollercoaster year – 2006
2006 was a special year for Maria Sharapova, who won her maiden US Open title by defeating Elena Dementieva in the final. In that year, Sharapova lost just five matches out of 52.
#2 WTA Championship Triumph
After winning her first major Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2004, Sharapova had another big moment in her career as she won WTA Tour Championships, later that year. She defeated the same opponent whom she defeated in Wimbledon — Serena Williams.
#1 Completing career Grand Slam
In 2012, Sharapova pulled off a career Grand Slam as she won the French Open in 2012, having already won the Australian Open (2008), Wimbledon (2004) and US Open (2006). During her illustrious career, Sharapova enjoyed playing in Paris as she won her second French Open title, two years later to complete a Grand Slam fifer.