Maria Sharapova says goodbye to tennis

Maria Sharapova, the five-time Grand Slam champion who became one of the highest paid sportswomen in the world

Maria Sharapova, the five-time Grand Slam champion who became one of the highest paid sportswomen in the world, announced her retirement at the age of 32 on Wednesday.

Florida-based Sharapova, hailing from Russia, whose Wimbledon victory in 2004 at the age of 17, propelled her to superstardom, broke the news in an article for Vanity Fair.

“I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis – I’m saying goodbye,” Sharapova said.

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