Maria Sharapova: Tennis Player to Make ‘Major Announcement’ in Press Conference, Agent Says

By Dave Martin, Epoch Times
March 7, 2016 11:59 am Last Updated: March 7, 2016 4:49 pm

Tennis star Maria Sharapova will be making a “major announcement” at 3pm EST, according to her agent.

Whatever the announcement is, it comes just four days after Sharapova announced her withdrawal from the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, due to a persistent arm injury. The former No. 1 player in the world—who’s currently ranked seventh—has played in just three Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour events over the past eight months due to nagging injuries.

Sharapova’s last match was a quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams at this year’s Australian Open. Should she be retiring, the sport would be losing one of the WTA’s all-time greats.

The 28-year-old is one of just 10 women who have achieved the career Grand Slam. Winner of 35 WTA titles, Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008, and won the French Open in both 2012 and 2014. Sharapova also won a silver medal for Russia at the 2012 Olympics.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 130-pound Russian has been troubled by an assortment of injuries over her career. In 2008, she had surgery on her shoulder that sidelined her for nine months and also missed much of the second half of 2013 with a shoulder injury. Last year she missed the US Open with a right leg injury.