Earlier this year Russian tennis sensation Maria Sharapova concluded her tennis career at the 2020 Australian Open. The 33 years old won five Grand Slam singles titles and a silver medal in the Olympic Games. Sharapova spent almost 21 weeks on the WTA ranking table as a first player in the world. On a recent WSJ webinar, Former World Number one reveals that “I was always working towards what the future after tennis might look like”
Sharapova said “In hindsight, [my retirement] was great timing, because I’d be sitting here saying, ‘When do I train?’, ‘What do I train for?’ There are so many question marks around sport in general,”
“From my perspective… it’s been really nice to have this moment of reflection; to look back at the 28 years of playing this one little sport, and what it meant to me, and recollecting, and also having the chance to form the foundation of the future.”
“You can work as hard as you can” -Maria Sharapova on her success
As a child, Maria Yuryevna Sharapova took a tennis racquet to become a tennis star. This time 2004 Wimbledon champion Sharapova takes candy(Sugarpova) as a woman to become an entrepreneur.
Maria has created her own candy business to offer an accessible bit of luxury interpreting classic candies in her own signature style.
“As I think of the past and how long it took me to become a champion in my sport — it took me well over 10 years just to play a first professional tournament — so whatever I might choose to do next… it will take time, and I’m using this time at home to work on that and build on that.
“I always carry a big-picture frame of mind because when I was growing up and I’d have tough losses, my father would say, ‘It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon.’ and although I knew what my life and my schedule would look like in sport, your trajectory is never predicted.
“You can work as hard as you can, you can be a very talented athlete, but you take one wrong turn, and you end up at the end of your career. I know what it’s like to go through those peaks and valleys.
“As I was looking to my future and realizing as a female; even though when I was a little girl, I wanted to play this sport for the rest of my life… I realized; probably in my late teens, that there would be other things in my life that I would have an interest in.