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Book Review: Unstoppable by Maria Sharapova

Why do people read memoirs and biographies when the world is flooded with fiction and non-fiction of various genres? Probably to peep inside a personality or to feel inspired. Nowadays from moderately hit film stars to very famous sportspersons, all go for publishing their stories about their lives and struggle. It makes them even more popular and common people can relate their struggle and pain with the superstar personalities.

Unstoppable: My Life So Far is a memoir of global tennis star Maria Sharapova. She is from Russia but at the age of six she was taken to America to some famous tennis club for training and grooming since her father knew that his kid would be a superstar someday in the field of tennis. And she proved him right by winning Grand Slam titles five times. Now she lives in US.

The book majorly talks about how she struggled to become a tennis super star and what kind of challenges she faced to maintain her place at such high level, where competition and rivalry cause burdensome pressure over other things. In this book she is very peculiar about giving special attention to Serena Williams, they both were fierce rivals but somewhere deep down both knew one another like close neighbors. She expressed that both passed through the same hurdles. It is also described how taking Meldonium supplement pulled her into the anti-doping scandal. Though it was her regular medicinal supplemental drink but one fine day it got added in the list of possible addicts and her career went on stake.

This is an extraordinary tale of an extraordinary girl who overcame all possible obstructions to shine like a sun. Even those who don’t follow tennis, after reading this book would inevitably begin liking her as a person. The book is full of motivational thoughts, like the difference between a good player and a great player and many more. Penned down in simple language with Rich Cohen, pick it up anytime for a motivational boost.


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