Maria Sharapova recalls doping nightmare as she addresses retirement talks

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 | 0

Maria Sharapova has reinstated she’s not pondering retirement even as she continues to deal with on-court struggles.

The five-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t found the going yet ever since she completed a 15-month doping ban and returned to action last year. Despite that, and with age catching up, she’s keen on getting back to her best again.

“It’s a nice feeling to know you’re really good at something,” the 31-year-old was quoted as saying by Sport24.

“I don’t know. It’s a good self-esteem booster because I’m not good at any other sports. I’m worthless at many other things, but I go out on the court and I feel like I’m really good at this. I’ve accomplished a lot, and why wouldn’t I continue?

“Why wouldn’t I want to get better and improve? It’s something that I’ve done for a very long time and something that I feel, you know, there’s still so many opportunities for me and things to achieve.

“Motivation has never really been an issue. Obviously the shoulder has been a big part of my career and something that I’ve had to get through.

“I’m very privileged to do what I do, and I love it.’

Meanwhile, Sharapova, who finished 2018 season with a dismal win-loss record of 21-11, is scheduled to begin her new season at the Shenzhen Open that begins on December 31.

She will compete alongside the likes of Grand Slam champions Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko and local hope Wang Qiang among the others.

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