Five-time Grand Slam tournament winner Maria Sharapova recently returned in an interview to talk about when she realized it was the right time to stop and finally quit the world of tennis. The Russian, speaking to the microphones of Inc., revealed that she had wondered several times during her career if the time had come to retire.
Sharapova, who has also worked as a model, says that listening to your body and mind is key to moving forward. Sharapova said: "It's a question I've addressed several times over the past few months before announcing my retirement.
You have to search within yourself and what you feel, what your body tells you and also what your mind is saying."
Sharapova and her decision to retire
Maria goes on to say that a person can always ask family or friends, but it is only advice, the final decision is up to yourself: "You can have influences from people who are close to you and want to guide you towards the right decision, but to the in the end it is you who decide for your career and you must be 100% sure you do it this way."
Sharapova had been trying for the past few months to just devote herself to her game, but eventually realized it was time to move on and move on to something else. Then Sharapova continued: "I realized that I was showing off but not as a tennis player by now and I had lost sight of the competition.
It became a hard and difficult process to manage but together with my team I realized that it was necessary to move forward and I could use many other better and perhaps more meaningful ways. For many years, said the 2004 Wimbledon champion, I have focused only on this sport and I have given everything by applying and working hard to achieve results."
After retiring from the world of tennis, the former number 1 in the world began a successful career as an entrepreneur both in fashion and above all thanks to a candy line called Sugarpova. Maria Sharapova has won five Grand Slam tournaments, including two at the Roland Garros, and is one of ten players in history to have completed the Career Grand Slam, a milestone she reached on 9 June 2012 with her first title in Paris.
In her career, she has won a total of 36 singles tournaments, including the WTA Finals in 2004 and 12 Premier category tournaments. In 2012 she was awarded the silver medal in singles at the London Olympics, in her only Olympics played.
She was, for 11 consecutive years, from 2004 to 2015, the highest paid female athlete in the world, the third tennis player in history, behind the Williams sisters, in the ranking of career earnings.