Maria Sharapova ends her tennis career at age 32

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    Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is retiring from tennis at the age of 32.

    She wrote an article for Vogue and Vanity Fair saying her body “had become a distraction” after a struggle with shoulder injuries.

    The Russian won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2004 aged 17 and completed the career slam – all four major titles – by winning the French Open in 2012.

    However, she said her 6-1 6-1 first-round defeat by Serena Williams at last year’s US Open was the “final signal”.