Maria Sharapova is a Russian former world No. 1 tennis player. She competed on the WTA Tour from 2001 to 2020 and was ranked world No.1. Novak Djokovic, who has long been a friend of Sharapova applaud her achievements.
“She’s a great fighter, as dedicated as someone can really be in our sport, the willpower and the willingness to overcome all the obstacles that she had, especially in the last five, six years with injuries and surgeries…it’s truly inspirational to see what a mind of a champion she has,” he said.
I’M SORRY THAT IT HAD TO END WITH AN INJURY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, SHE HAD A FANTASTIC CAREER AND SHE CAN BE PROUD OF HERSELF.
Petra Kvitova, who beat the Russian in the 2011 Wimbledon final, gave her reaction after winning her Round of 16 match at the Qatar Tennis Open.
“I know how tough it is to come back and play and she has been injured a lot and of course she wanted probably bigger success than she really [had] or the body allowed her to have,” said the Czech, who returned to the tour after a knife attack by an intruder left her with serious injuries to her left hand.
It was a pleasure to share the court with you @MariaSharapova
We always had great battles when we played and I have so much respect for your hard work and the way you always fight for everything.
You have achieved a lot in your life so far and I know this is just the start 🤗 pic.twitter.com/PLi1Od4Eru
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) February 26, 2020
SHE WON FIVE GRAND SLAMS, SHE IS A BIG CHAMPION, SHE HAS REALLY BEEN A BUSINESS LADY OFF THE COURT AS WELL.
“So she achieved a lot in her life so far and she still [has] so many things to do, even after tennis. So for me it was [a] pleasure to be with her on the tour, sharing the court with her. It was always great battles when we [played] together. She’s a big hitter as well, so it’s been always nice to share the court with her and I do always have respect to her.
“She [has] been [an] amazing competitor, she never [gives] up. Even when she didn’t play well, she was still believing in her game and still being aggressive and believing in her shots, which I’m really admiring.”
Chinese star Zheng Saisai said that she had always looked up to Sharapova, and admired her attitude.
“She never gives up, she’s always there, doesn’t matter 1-5, doesn’t matter the scores – her mentality always…inspires us to try to be the same mentality, from the first point to the last,” the 26-year-old said.