At the beginning of 2020, Maria Sharapova was number 377 in the official WTA ranking. She was offered a wild-card to play in the Brisbane and Australian Open tournaments, where she left the scene in the first round, respectively against Jennifer Brady and Donna VekiÄ.
On February 26, 2020, through two interviews granted to the magazines Vanity Fair and Vogue, she announced his retirement from professional tennis, at the age of 32. Masha is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam.
She is also an Olympic medalist, having won a silver medal in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sharapova achieved a rare level of longevity in tennis, with several tennis pundits and former players calling Sharapova one of tennis's best competitors.
Her former rival Petra Kvitova had only good things to say about her rival: “I know how tough it is to come back and play. Maria has been injured a lot. but definitely she won five Grand Slams. She is a big champion. She has been a business lady off the court as well.
So she achieved a lot in her life and she still has so many things to do, even after tennis. It was a pleasure for me to be with her on Tour, sharing the court with her. it was always great battles when we played together. I do always have respect for her.
She’s been an amazing competitor, she never gives up”. The pair played a total of 11 matches against one another, and it was Sharapova who led the head-to-head with 7 wins over Petra’s four.