Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from tennis on Wednesday. Sharapova has been one of the biggest stars in the women's game ever since she broke on to the tennis scene in 2004 when she won Wimbledon.
Known for her great work ethic, Sharapova was praised by several tennis past & present players for her outstanding career. Here are some reactions to Sharapova's retirement.
Wishing you all the best for the next amazing chapters of your life!
Such a champion! It was a privilege to grow up alongside @MariaSharapova in Bradenton. 5 Grand Slams, 36 tournament titles, and 645 match wins....really incredible!
Congrats on a stellar career @MariaSharapova . Thank you for all that you have done for our sport, but most of all, thank you for being there for me in the darkest of moments in Puerto Rico.
It’s been an honor to have worked with such an amazing athlete and person.
I’ll miss her on court and outside. I’m sorry we couldn’t work together for longer.But I know our paths will cross again and I can’t wait for it. In the meantime, good luck with everything @MariaSharapova pic.twitter.com/Fpvx6EvJXm — Riccardo Piatti (@RPiatti) February 26, 2020
It was a pleasure to share the court with you @MariaSharapova
We always had great battles when we played and I have so much respect for your hard work and the way you always fight for everything.
You have achieved a lot in your life so far and I know this is just the start 🤗 pic.twitter.com/PLi1Od4Eru — Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) February 26, 2020
I want to wish @MariaSharapova a happy “retirement”.
One of the best fighters I’ve ever seen.
"I haven’t known you for so long but long enough to know you are not only a great champion, that I have learnt a lot from, but most of all a great human being.