Five time grand slam winner Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from Tennis .
She made this known in an article she wrote for Vogue and Vanity Fair .
According to her, she is leaving a part of her behind.
“How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known? How do you walk away from the courts you’ve trained on since you were a little girl, the game that you love—one which brought you untold tears and unspeakable joys—a sport where you found a family, along with fans who rallied behind you for more than 28 years ?”
I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis—I’m saying goodbye”.
Her last appearance came at the Australia Open in January where she was knocked out by Croatian Donna Veckic in the first round.
In 2005 , Maria Sharapova became the world number one at 18 becoming the first female Russian tennis player to top the singles ranking .
A year earlier , she won her first grand slam tittle in Wimbledon defeating defending champion Serena Williams to become the third youngest woman to win the Wimbledon .
The former world number won her last grand slam in 2014 when she clinched the French Open title for the second time.
In her farewell article, the 32-year-old said Tennis showed her the World.
“Tennis showed me the world—and it showed me what I was made of. It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth. And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I’ll still be growing.”