Maria Sharapova, a veteran on the tennis circuit with five Grand Slam titles against her name, had a difficult initiation to the sport. It’s common knowledge how she moved to the US with her father at the age of seven, while her mother stayed back in Russia.

Opening up about the challenge of adjusting to life in a new country without her mother, she revealed, “I used to be so lonely. I missed my mother terribly. My father was working as much as he could so he couldn’t see me either.” < ..

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