Maria Sharapova is receiving props for comforting opponent Wang Xinyu after the teenager was forced to retire injured in the pair’s match at the Shenzhen Open.
Wang, who had entered the tournament through a wild card, took the first set against the five-time Grand Slam winner on a tie-break.
However, the 17-year-old suffered intense cramps during the second set, first taking a medical timeout at 3-2 down before ultimately forfeiting two matches as she struggled to continue before pulling out.
— WTA (@WTA) January 2, 2019
Fans took notice of Sharapova’s act of kindness.
"Are you drinking enough". Omg this caring side of Maria. Think I'm in love with her even more 😭
— Meera (@Meera8r) January 2, 2019
Outstanding sportmanship by @MariaSharapova here. Proud of her and this whole scene is what Tennis is about.
— Roger Buchana (@Butters360) January 2, 2019
People can say what they want to say about Maria but she has proven over and over again that she's really not that cold hearted person that people think she is. And honestly, shame on you if you refuse to give Maria credit for her amazing sportsmanship!
— Sahar (@saharhazem98) January 2, 2019
A beautiful moment of respect and fair play as @MariaSharapova comes to Wang, who was forced to retire while leading the 5-time Gd Slam champion, and comforts her, acknowledging her level and wishing her all the best ! Wang ended up smiling 😊🎾 Congrats to both ! #ShenzhenOpen pic.twitter.com/sYGjI9MLWi
— Tie Breaking News (@TennisAddict5) January 2, 2019
A double victory for Sharapova.
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