Maria Sharapova, One of the Best Tennis Players
Marc Gordon - December 2, 2021

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Maria Sharapova is a force to be reckoned with. Although she doesn’t play the sport anymore, she left her tennis career with a lot of love in her heart. Throughout her entire professional career, she has won five Grand Slam women’s singles tournaments. In a statement to PEOPLE, she said, “I left the sport being in a very good place about my decision. So I haven’t thought about that too much, but I still very much love watching the sport and following players.” With years in the spotlight, she held her head high and used strength and persistence to get her to the place she’s in now. Even after her retirement, she’s still one of the most popular tennis players to date.

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Originally born in the Soviet Union, Sharapova moved to the United States in order to pursue a career in tennis. She won her first major at Wimbledon back in 2004 at just 17 years old. This was huge because she beat the famous Serena Williams. After that, she included on the list the 2006 US Open, 2008 Australian Open, and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens. Even more impressive, she is one of only ten women to win the career Grand Slam. She reached the number 1 ranking in 2005 and stayed at the top for 21 weeks. She said, “Overall, I was very proud of the way that I carried myself through my career, of how I handled many moments in my career, whether they were tough moments, whether they were some of the best moments of my life. I think my philosophy was to try to be as level-headed and not get too down or overly celebratory because life changes so quickly.”

Sharapova retired from tennis in 2020 after suffering from arm and shoulder problems that were affecting how she played. With her retirement, Forbes concluded her career earnings to come at about $325 million. She has definitely had an amazing journey in which she put her all in mentally and physically. Now, she’s focusing on her non-GMO candy company, Sugarpova as her main venture. She somehow found time to study management and leadership at Harvard University. She also released a minimalistic furniture collection with Rove Concepts. It’s safe to say that Sharapova has accomplished many things throughout her life so far. If you want to stay up to date with the retired tennis star, she tweets regularly and shares snippets of her life on Instagram.