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Maria Sharapova announces retirement from tennis


Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 32 years old.

The Russian starburst on to the scene in 2004 when she stunned the sporting world by winning Wimbledon at 17.

She went on to win a total of five Grand Slam titles but her career never recovered after serving a two-year drugs ban for testing positive for meldonium.

Injuries to her shoulder and arm over the past 18 months led her to decide to hang up her racket after returning to Los Angeles from the Australian Open this year, where she lost to Donna Vekic in the first round.

But it was as much off the court as on it that Sharapova had the biggest impact.

According to Forbes, she was the highest-earning female athlete for 11 years on the bounce thanks to her sponsorship deals with the likes of Nike and Evian.

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