The 33-year-old five-time Major champion Maria Sharapova has said yes forever! Sharapova has announced she and Alexander Gilkes are now engaged, planning to crown their love with marriage. Sharapova revealed her relationship with a British businessman in October 2018.
They will now take the next step, almost a year after the Russian had ended her career at the Australian Open. Sharapova traveled to Bollettieri Academy when she was nine, working on her game and becoming one of the world’s most tremendous talents.
Maria claimed three back-to-back ITF titles in 2002, finishing the season inside the top-200 and cracking the top-50 a year later following two WTA titles! Marching towards the top, a teenage sensation claimed the Wimbledon crown in 2004 at 17, writing history books and adding four more Major trophies to her tally.
For the next 12 years, Sharapova had remained one of the world’s best players before everything went down for her following that 18-month suspension. Maria made a solid comeback in the spring of 2017 but could never reach her A-game again, struggling with injuries and lifting only one WTA trophy after Rome 2015.
In her last notable season, Sharapova finished 2018 inside the top-30, struggling with injuries and competing at only eight events in 2019. The five-time Major champion was the quarter-finalist in Shenzhen, followed by the fourth-round loss to Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open that gave her confidence ahead of the upcoming tournaments.
Nonetheless, those Melbourne victories proved to be the last back-to-back wins for the Russian, who withdrew from St. Petersburg and stayed sidelined until Mallorca in June with ongoing shoulder problems.
Maria Sharapova is engaged to Alexander Gilkes.
Sharapova scored only two wins in the season’s last five tournaments, suffering that massive loss against Serena Williams in New York and finishing the year after that encounter, unable to compete in Linz or Luxembourg.
Rested and confident, Maria defeated Ajla Tomljanovic at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in December, hoping for more of the same in 2020 but ending her career after losses to Jennifer Brady and Donna Vekic in Brisbane and the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova became world no. 1 in August 2005 and won 36 WTA titles from 59 finals. “In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me life, and I’ll miss it every day. I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day.
I’ll miss my team and my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench,” Maria Sharapova said on her retirement.
Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …
I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …
We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.
Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.
She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.
“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”
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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche
Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.
As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.
Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.
“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.
“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.
The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.