Tennis called February 27 a day of depressive mood. The reason - in the first racket of the world and the owner of the "Career helmet" from Russia. 32-year-old Maria Sharapova announced her retirement after 28 years on the court. The athlete said that her injuries were to blame. She had several surgeries on her shoulder, long months of rehabilitation, before the competition she more and more often had to do injections, "freezing" torn muscles for a while.
Now the tennis player dreams of simple things that were inaccessible to her for many years. For example, a sense of calmness, weeks spent with family and friends, a leisurely cup of coffee, a spontaneous trip somewhere on weekdays and dancing instead of exhausting workouts.
BeautyHack recalled the most important interviews with Sharapova and her interesting statements on social networks.
“Now I understand: tennis was my rock. I fell, rose, climbed further. But the view from this summit was simply amazing. After so many years on the court and five Grand Slam titles, I want to conquer another mountain and start competing with myself elsewhere."
“I have never felt superiority over rivals. It was something different: the feeling that you are on the edge of a cliff. And you need to pick up the racket again and again to understand whether this is already the top or you can stop trying to climb the mountain, because you are already at the top.
“Only the courts revealed my character, my essence. All these photo shoots, pretty tennis dresses showed me only flaws, imperfections, mistakes: every wrinkle, every drop of sweat, wrong turn. Behind them are tests of my willpower, the ability to transmit emotions where they worked for me and against me."
“What is the key to success? I don't look back or look forward. I live in the present, I work on it. I never give up. I hate losing, and I am psychologically stable. I was always convinced that if I continue to work, everything will work out. The main thing is to listen to yourself, to the court and calm the restless thoughts in your head. It doesn't just work with tennis."
“Two glasses of water - that's how I start every day. And be sure to have a hearty breakfast: porridge, some fruit, spinach or avocado. For lunch - a salad with chicken, and for dinner - a portion of fish or meat with a light side dish."
Maria admitted that she always preferred training to delicious food. For a couple of days without sports, her body lost the necessary shape. When she looked at a slice of pizza, she kept thinking it would be better to replace it with a good morning workout.
She also said that she loves to dance. And when the instructor is handsome, it gives her additional incentive. Once she watched this for an hour, and at the end of the lesson, he invited the students to walk around the hall to calm their pulse. Then the tennis player frankly stated that her heart rate would drop only when the coach left the gym.
“Sometimes I feel sidelong envious glances when someone thinks that such a beautiful doll this Range Rover was probably given by dad or lover. And then I think in response: no, dear, I took it for my own money,”she said.
On weekends, Maria can do a mask or nourish her skin with natural oils. From decorative cosmetics, she only uses mascara and shine of a neutral color. And in ordinary life, she prefers natural beauty. But in the cosmetic bag there is always Kiehl's lip balm, sunscreen and moisturizer, which she applies in a thick layer during the flight to avoid dehydration.
A bottle of Evian Thermal Water, placed in the fridge in the evening and taken to workout in the morning, is another great way to invigorate and help your skin wake up. Spraying liquid around the face and neck, Maria moisturizes these areas and keeps them in good shape.
She visits the spa and beauty parlor at least two or three times a month. Prefers supportive vitaminizing treatments.
She uses Kerastase products for her hair care. Visits a colorist every three months to correct the shade.