Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
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In an attempt to spread the importance of hygiene amid the global pandemic coronavirus outbreak, former Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has taken the #SafeHandsChallenge but was schooled by a fan for wasting water.

Sharapova posted a video on Twitter in which the 32-year-old was seen rubbing and washing her hands while the tap water ran throughout the minute.

A fan was quick to remind Sharapova to turn off the tap while not using the water. "Turn tap of whilst rubbing hands. Such a waste of water," the tweet read.

However, the five-time Grand Slam champion agreed with the fan and said: "You’re right! I usually do but have never been filmed while doing this so got carried away."

Sharapova also asked a few more people to take on this challenge further.

Sharapova, one of the world's most recognisable sportswomen, on Wednesday, February 26 announced her retirement at the age of 32.

"Tennis - I'm saying goodbye," Sharapova said in an article for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines.

"After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I'm ready to scale another mountain - to compete on a different type of terrain."

Sharapova shot to fame as a giggly 17-year-old Wimbledon winner in 2004, the third-youngest player to conquer the All England Club's hallowed grass courts.

She became world number one in 2005 and won the US Open the next year.

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