In two interviews she gave to the magazines Vanity Fair and Vogue on February 26, 2020, Maria Sharapova, then 32, revealed her decision to retire from competitive tennis. She said that her body was exhausted and no longer capable of recovering from the numerous injuries she had sustained in recent years, which was the reason for the retirement.
Serena Williams announced her retirement from tennis two years later, at the US Open 2022, during a historic September for the sport. The tennis players that have made the most money in their incredible careers are Serena and Maria, fierce rivals on the field (and off!).
Serena Williams is praised by Maria Sharapova for fighting the gender pay gap.
Serena and her sister Venus were commended for their fights against the gender pay gap by Maria Sharapova during an interview during New York Fashion Week. She sighed: “Being a female athlete in a sport with unequal pay and privileges has allowed me to observe it firsthand.
At every single one of Venus Williams‘ press appearances, I saw her battling for equal prize money. You realise how difficult it was for her to do it, but how brave she was to do it?” Sharapova commented on Serena Williams‘ decision to retire at the US Open in 2022 “She earned that opportunity.
to witness her brilliance and performance. She wanted to play much better than how she performed at Wimbledon, so I believe that was the finest gift she could have received after seeing her match there and losing early. It was amazing to witness her step up her game, compete, and go out fighting, as she has done her entire life, with that tenacity and grace.”
Leaving the game, Serena Williams
Serena Williams competed in her final few matches at the US Open. Everything was prepared for the former world number one to retire during the US Grand Slam, which also served as the home tournament for the Williams sisters’ most successful sibling.
Anett Kontaveit, the number two seed, and Kovinic were her opponents in the first two rounds of the tournament. Her preparation, meanwhile, has been worse as the days have gone by. However, after three sets with the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, Serena Williams was forced to give up.
The tennis players on the Tour have sent the Queen of tennis multiple notes requesting that she leave the scene. Iga Swiatek, the current world No. 1, and Ons Jabeur, a recent doubles partner.