How much money did you enter during your career?

Maria Sharapova came to say in 2007 that playing on the ground felt "like a cow on ice", which literally translated would be something like this: "Like a cow on ice"; that is to say, that she was not comfortable, that that of having to slide and that the ball was slower did not go with her. But, interestingly, Roland Garros is the Grand Slam that won the most times, two, in 2012 and 2014. She is one of the ten players in history who can boast of having the four Greats in their medal winners, because before winning in the land of Paris the player born in Siberia did so in Wimbledon (2004), the United States Open (2006) and the Australian Open (2008). When he won the central All England Tennis Club he was barely 17 years old. It soon proved that she was not "the new Kournikova," as she had been baptized. She was also Russian, but Kournikova never won an individual tennis title, while Sharapova conquered 36 and was number one in the world for 21 weeks.

And the use of the past in the verb to conquer is no accident. The account will not go further: Sharapova has announced that he leaves tennis.

What Kournikova and Sharapova did look like is their impact beyond the tracks, as they were icons, magazine covers every day and a claim for countless brands. Sharapova became for many years the highest paid athlete on the planet. According to Forbes, he entered 325 million dollars between prizes, sponsorships ... Only Serena Williams (350), winner of 23 Grand Slams. Maria was able to successfully combine the business and the racket, always being the most important thing that happened with the yellow balls, where she was left with talent. "Tennis, I say goodbye," the player said in an article published by the magazines "Vogue" and "Vanity Fair", in which she points out that her career has reached the end. «How do you leave behind the only life you have ever known? How do you abandon the tracks on which you have trained since you were a child, the sport you love, which has given you unforgettable joys, a sport where you found a family and fans who have encouraged you for more than 28 years? The already extensionist. «I was four years old in Sochi, Russia. It was so small that my little legs hung on the bench I was sitting on. So small that the racket I wielded was twice as big as me», He said about its beginnings. At that age he took his first steps and two years later his parents left for Florida in search of the "American dream", advised by a myth like Martina Navratilova. They say that Yuri, his father, barely had $ 700 in his pocket when they traveled. While Sharapova was training, Yuri worked in construction, although the quality of the player did not go unnoticed by Nick Bolletieri, the famous coach of figures like Andre Agassi. And from a very young age, his first contracts arrived, just as at 17 he had already won his first Grand Slam.

There are those who say that with that career start, their many achievements have fallen short for what was expected. The truth is that the injuries crossed several times in their path and have ended up being decisive in their farewell. But the real beginning of its fall came in 2016, when was sanctioned with two years without competing after testing positive in a doping control at the Australian Open. The substance they found in their body was meldonium. He confessed that he had been consuming it since 2006, but it was legal until December 2015. His sanction seemed the end of a player who was close to turning 30. But he did not want that to withdraw it. He returned after a year and a half, not without controversy because being so long without competing he lowered many positions in the ranking, but received the invitation of several tournaments, which raised the complaints of some tennis players. On her return she came to the "top 20" and added a new title, that of Tianjin, in China, in October 2017. She was not the same player again. In "Grand Slams" reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros as a top.

With Maria, among others, a change in the way of playing in the beginning of the new century began to be seen in some way: tall tennis players and cream hitters both from the right and with the two-handed backhand. Yes, the Russian He always gave everything on the track (as an example, watch the video at the end of the information) and unforgettable are also their recognizable screams and their ritual of concentration before taking off, with their backs to the track, placing the ropes, whispering something before turning around, jumping around the line, out of the hair on the face ... Very Nadal style.


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