Sharapova’s big announcement sparks retirement rumors

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Speculations are rife in the web that Sharapova’s big announcement on Monday will be centered on retirement plans following an increasing number of injuries. The world number seven player has been struggling with her arm injury this year, and has played only one tournament, the Australian Open.

Last week, the Russian tennis star announced that she was withdrawing from this week’s high level event at Indian Wells.

“I have been focused on healing on healing my left forearm injury and tried to get my body to be 100 per cent ready to play this event. I will be anxious to return next year,” Sharapova said, via the Kern Golden Empire.

The five-time grand slam tennis champion will be holding a news conference in Los Angeles on Monday to make a major announcement, though no other detail were given by her manager about the big announcement. But there is a much bigger news than the Monday’s big announcement, it’s Sharapova’s failed drug test.

The 28-year-old tennis player made a huge headline in the web when she admitted a failed drug test at the Australian Open in January. “I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it,” said Sharapova, via the WCYB.com.

The Russian tennis superstar has played only three tournaments in the past eight months. She suffered a number of injuries over the past few months, with some required immediate surgery. More recently, she has a succession of problem with her right arm and shoulder, the latter have already undergone surgery in 2013. That led to her to be sidelined for months. As a result, she missed the second half of the 2013.

Sharapova lost a crucial game to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January, and has never competed after that.

Currently ranked seventh, Sharapova has claimed her fifth grand slam titles at the 2014 French Open and has won 35 career titles on the WTA Tour.

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