LOS ANGELES, March 7: Maria Sharapova has called a press conference scheduled for Monday night in which she will make a �major announcement� according to her management, fuelling speculation that she could be about to retire from professional tennis due to the string of injuries she has suffered in recent years.
Sharapova has struggled throughout 2016 with an injury to her left forearm which hampered her campaign at the Australian Open in January, where she made a quarterfinal exit at the hands of Serena Williams.
Sharapova has not competed since then and was forced to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California later this month having not recovered.
It�s believed that the 28-year-old could announce her retirement from the sport when she speaks at 8pm GMT tomorrow after a number of injuries have prevented her from playing regularly for several years. She has only played in three events in the last eight months.
Sharapova has also developed into a flourishing business model off the court, but while the press conference could yet prove to be her latest business venture, they are rarely billed as �major announcements� by her own team. � Agencies