Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas says Maria Sharapova is one of the greatest athletes in women's tennis after Serena Williams., while reacting to the Russian's announcement on Wednesday that she would be retiring from professional tennis.
Tsitsipas, who is currently playing the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week where he is through to the quarter-finals, commented, “Well, I spoke to her a little bit. She used to have the same physio as I have now.
I come from a Russian background. For me, I kind of understand the way she approached tennis, the attitude, all of that. I watched her play when I was young, I remember her Wimbledon title when she was, I don’t know, 20 years old.
17, she was? Unbelievable. I remember that. She had a really good career, I can tell you. I think many people are jealous of the career that she had. Obviously, she was behind Serena, another great athlete. I would just say, after Serena, she’s probably the best.
She had a really good career with great victories, great achievements in tennis. I think she added a lot to our sport”. The 32 year Sharapova won 5 Grand Slams in her career, including two French Opens and the rest of the Grand Slams at least once in her career.
The Russian has struggled with injuries over the past season and said it was time to move on to the next chapter in her life, which she is looking forward to.