Maria Sharapova criticized for not using the word 'war'
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 28256
Maria Sharapova has received, probably unfairly, some criticisms about what is happening in Ukraine, with the Russian invasion of the country. The beautiful former Siberian tennis player has helped, like many of her colleagues, the victims who are suffering the horrors of war.
She said on her social media: "With each day that goes by, I am more and more heartbroken and deeply saddened by the images and stories of families and children affected by this escalating crisis in Ukraine. I am donating to Save the Children’s crisis relief fund, an organization working tirelessly to provide food, water, and aid kits to support those in need.
Please join me in making a donation. I pray for PEACE and send my love and support to all those affected. Link in my bio to donate. " The criticisms would have come because, reading her post, in her message there is never the word war between Ukraine and Russia, but she used the term: crisis in Ukraine.
For the official media in Russia it should be remembered that the conflict does not exist. There is also a law that provides for up to 15 years in prison for those who speak in Russia of war or invasion of Ukraine. That's the reason for her careful choice of words.
In her career, Sharapova has won five Grand Slam tournaments (1 Australian Open, 2 Roland Garros, 1 Wimbledon and 1 US Open) and became one of ten players in history to have completed the Career Grand Slam, a milestone reached on 9 June 2012 with the victory of his first Roland Garros.
She also boasts 36 singles tournaments, including the Wta Finals in 2004, and twelve Premier category tournaments. She has occupied the first position of the world ranking in singles on five different occasions, for a total of 21 weeks, becoming the first Russian player in history to lead the top of the rankings.
She became number one for the first time at age 18 on 22 August 2005 and for the last time in July 2012. She has been awarded the ESPY Award for best tennis player five times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014).