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Maria Sharapova and the decline of an icon

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Maria Sharapova and the decline of an icon 3

For the second time in a row, Sharapova left immediately after the opening match.

On August 6, Sharapova showed a more positive face in the match with Anett Kontaveit, before retiring 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 after 2 hours and 41 minutes.

`This is not what I expected,` Sharapova said after the match.

Sharapova had an unsuccessful comeback after receiving a special ticket to the Rogers Cup.

World position 81 makes Sharapova ineligible for two important tournaments before the US Open, Rogers Cup and Cincinnati.

That was the first trophy for `Russian Doll` after 15 months of being banned from competition for doping.

Changing at the twilight of your career is not easy for a player with a history of injuries like Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova and the decline of an icon

Busy with work outside the court, Sharapova no longer focuses enough on her career.

The Russian tennis player is the image ambassador of no less than 30 brands around the world.

`When people are successful, they tend to think that it will continue for many more years,` she said in an interview with Forbes in January 2019.

Sharapova began her brilliant era at the age of 17, after the 2004 Wimbledon final, where she defeated Serena Williams in two sets.

Although she admits that she is a realistic person, Sharapova does not want to end her illustrious career with consecutive losses.

Maria Sharapova and the decline of an icon

After the summer training period, coach Piatti believes that Sharapova can completely return to compete for major titles like the US Open.

Piatti is a veteran Italian coach.

`I need a psychologist more than a mere professional coach. I see in Piatti sharpness, determination and bravery. I can learn many things from him and his team partners.

Both will officially become teacher and student when they enter the US Open later this month.

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