Maria Sharapova, who beat Serena Williams to win Wimbledon aged 17, completed the career Grand Slam, and then failed an anti-doping test, has retired.
In a special edition of The Tennis Podcast, Catherine Whitaker and David Law are joined by Chris Clarey of the New York Times to give their reaction.
Clarey was the only tennis writer Sharapova spoke to about her retirement after she chose to announce it via Vogue Magazine and Vanity Fair instead, and he shares details of their interview, giving an insight into why Sharapova has chosen this moment to retire and what he thinks she might do next.
There’s also discussion about Sharapova’s “unrivalry” with Serena Williams, how much her legacy is tainted by the fact she was banned for taking meldonium, the way she balanced her off-court interests with her tennis career, and the qualities which turned her into a champion.
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