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Born on April 19 in Nyagan, Russia. Started playing tennis at 4. When she was 6, participated in a tennis exhibition in Moscow, where she was noticed by 18-time major champion Martina Navratilova.

Maria Sharapova retires from tennis at 32

After 28 years and 5 Grand Slam titles, the Russian is ready to scale another mountain. Here is a look at some key moments: (Text courtesy: AP)