Maria Sharapova announces retirement

Former women's tennis No. 1 retires

Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis.

With five Grand Slam championships under her belt, the 32-year-old former number one in women’s tennis is calling it quits; ending her career ranked 369th in the world.

The Russian tennis star overcame the physical hurdles from years of chronic shoulder pain to reach great heights in her career. She became a role-model for many in the global tennis community.

However, while she saw plenty of success in her 28 years with the sport, this announcement comes four years after the athlete tested positive for a prohibited substance and faced a reduced 15 month suspension from competition.

Controversy aside, Sharapova leaves behind a legacy a one of the best in the history of women’s tennis.