As a Tennis fan, the news related to Maria Sharapova’s two-year ban must have devastated you from inside. As a Maria Sharapova fan, it must have cause deep pain in your heart.
The fact that we would no longer see those green-coloured eyes eyeing the ace on the Tennis court for the next two years is something difficult to digest. But a sport is much bigger than any individual. The laws cannot change. The rules cannot bend. Even for your favorite sportspersons.
The two-year ban has brought us to a very difficult question: Is this the end of road for Maria Sharapova?
Sharapova is 29 today and after two years she will be 31. 31 is surely not the right age to make a second comeback into the world of Tennis where new faces are spurring up with every passing championship. Even the best women players in the game retired as soon as they reached 30. Steffi Graff retired when she was 31 and the great Monica Seles big goodbye at 34. She was not at her prime in the later part of her career.
Also, Sharapova has not been at her top of the game for a while now. She won her last grand slam title in the year 2014 when she defeated Simona Halep at French Open finals to win the title. Sharapova has been beating some low-ranked players presently to win Tier I championships like Italian Open and China Open respectively.
To think that Sharapova will be back to her best after being out of the game for two years is a hope too far-fetched. It will also be disheartening to hear if the glamorous Tennis queen announces retirement anytime soon.
At this point of time, only Sharapova knows what her future holds for her.