In February 2020, Maria announced she was retiring from her tennis career after 28 years.

In an essay she wrote for Vanity Fair at the time

Maria reflected on her time in the sport and what she wants to conquer next

saying she is ready to "compete on a different type of terrain."

There are a few simple things I'm really looking forward to: A sense of stillness with my family

Lingering over a morning cup of coffee," she wrote.

The five-time Grand Slam tennis champion, who retired from the sport in February 2020

Maria Sharapova announces she's expecting first child with fiance Alexander Gilkes in 35th birthday

The British businessman proposed her and he presented her with a dazzling £300,000 diamond engagement ring.

“Precious beginnings!!!” Sharapova wrote, adding: “Eating birthday cake for two has always been my specialty.”