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Throwback: Maria Sharapova shocks the world by winning her first Wimbledon title

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from tennis aged 32

It’s been 15 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova surprised the world by defeating top-seed Serena Williams to win the 2004 Wimbledon title.

Aged just 17, Sharapova had not even finished high school when she achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the third-youngest woman. Lottie Dod (1887) and Martina Hingis (1997) are the others who claimed the Wimbledon title with this regards.

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17-year-old Maria Sharapova holding the Wimbledon title back in 2004. (Getty Images)

In 2004, Sharapova was seeded 13th. The Russian was going to face Serena – one of the best players in the circuit at that moment.

Everybody’s money was on the two-time defending champion and top seed Serena despite a late return to the season after eight months out due to injuries.

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Maria Sharapova during the launch of her company Sugarpova in Moscow, back in 2017. (Getty Images)

Sharapova was not intimidated by her higher-ranked and popular opponent and went on to create one of the most ‘stunning upsets’ in tennis overcoming Serena.

Now let’s revisit those historical tennis moments with a little throwback video of Sharapova’s brilliance at Wimbledon.

On that day the teenager Sharapova went on to beat a much stronger and experienced Serena 6-1, 6-4 to also grab her maiden Grand Slam title.

 

Sharapova announces retirement

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis aged 32 on Wednesday.

Sharapova has been struggling with some ongoing problems in her shoulder that has seen her rankings slump to 369. The Russian star has had an eventful tennis career so far that also witnessed a 15-month ban.

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Maria Sharapova seen recently during the 2020 Australian Open that ended earlier this year. (Getty Images)

Sharapova was banned for a period of two years in 2016 after she tested positive for drug meldonium. She did return to the professional circuit in April 2017 but was never able to hit the top mark.

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