Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has quit professional tennis at the age of 32.
In an article written for Vogue and Vanity Fair, Sharapova said her body “had become a distraction” after a struggle with shoulder injuries.
The Russian won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2004 aged 17 and completed the career slam – all four major titles – by winning the French Open in 2012.
She hit a career low when in 2016, she was handed a 15-month ban after testing positive for banned substance meldonium.
The five-time major winner claimed she had been taking the substance medicinally and had no knowledge it was banned at the time.
She has been a shadow of her former self since her return to the game in 2017.