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Sharapova Speaks in WTT All-Star Match on CBS Today

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World TeamTennis gives us tennis junkies a much-needed fix with the WTT All Star Match on CBS at 1:30 p.m.

Played March 1st at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa In San Diego prior to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the event features 2019 WTT stars such as the Bryan brothers, Sam Querrey, Monica Puig, Madison Keys, CoCo Vandeweghe, Ryan Harrison and Taylor Townsend with appearance from Maria Sharapova.



Recently-retired Sharapova says there's one thing she will miss most about the sport: competing.

"Competing—there’s nothing like it," Sharapova told Daniela Hantuchova in her first interview after retirement. "No matter what I’ll choose to do in my future, that moment of victory and match points and losing and then having to figure it out for the next match is one of the best parts of this game."

The 32-year-old Russian announced her official retiremen due to chronic injuries, concluding a career that saw her capture five Grand Slam crowns, complete the career Grand Slam, rise to world No. 1 and enjoy a record run as the world's highest-paid female athlete for 11 years, according to Forbes.

Sharapova  said her immediate plans include plenty of rest.

"Just to give my body a little break; it’s been a long 28 years of my life," Sharapova said. "So many reflections in this past week after the announcement...

"It’s never an easy time to step away from something you love. But it’s brought me incredible moments throughout my life. Tough moments as well. I think the toughest thing is I still very much love the game. But every athlete—whether you're female or male—as an athlete you have to say I’m finished at one point and for me that came."

WTT CEO Carlos Silva said the All Star Match continues the league's mission to connect players with fans and share the joy of the game.

“The World TeamTennis All-Star Match Presented by Barefoot Hard Seltzers was a huge success. We hope the one-hour highlight show on CBS on April 4 gives fans a shared sporting experience at home during this difficult time,” WTT CEO Carlos Silva said. “It is the beginning of a new tradition in World TeamTennis.

"The match is a great way to extend our season and celebrate many of WTT’s world-class players that we hope to see back on the court soon for the 2020 season.”

Photo credit: World TeamTennis

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