5-time Grand Slam champion, Maria Sharapova said goodbye to tennis in 2020 to end her illustrious tennis career. Sharapova’s career ended in mediocrity because of a string of injuries and controversies. Despite that, she did many wonderful things during her successful career. Winning the Wimbledon championship at the age of 17 is still the main highlight of her career. Usually, she was a right-handed player. However, many people don’t know that she used to be a very good player with her left hand as well.
When Maria Sharapova played two forehands in the same rally
In the 2017 US Open Sharapova had a good tournament, as she reached the round of 16. On her way, she shocked the world by beating the no.2 seed Simona Halep in the first round. Then passed Sofia Kenin in the third round to face Latvian tennis player, Anastasija Sevastova, in the round of 16.
During that match against Sevastova, Sharapova played an incredible rally where she hit two forehands with her left hand. Sevastova lobbed the Russian tennis player two times. However, both times she hit a left-handed forehand. Eventually, the former tennis player won the rally with cheers from the crowd. You can watch that clip below.
In the end, Sharapova lost the match to the Latvian player in three sets to end her run at the 2017 US Open.
Sharapova has always been a good left-handed player
In an interview In 2010, Sharapova talked about being a natural left-hander. She also revealed that she used to play with her left hand then she shifted to a two-handed backhand.
Interestingly, she also trained with Hall of Famer coach Rick Macci earlier in her career. The infamous coach also praised Sharapova’s left-handed game. According to Macci, he tried to make the Russian tennis player a left-handed player because her left-handed forehand was really good.
It’s safe to say, Sharapova did pretty good as a righty, as she won 5 Grand Slam titles in her career. Her most infamous win came when she beat Serena Williams in the 2014 Wimbledon final to clinch her maiden Grand Slam title. Since then, she won the US Open and the Australian Open once, and the French Open twice.
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