Maria Sharapova Will Not Play ASB Classic in 2012

by Dasha Sulimoff on July 14, 2011 · 0 comments

in WTA News

World number 5, Maria Sharapova has decided not to play the ASB Classic which is held in Auckland, New Zealand but instead commit to the Brisbane event which will be promoted to Premier status for next year’s tournament. She played at the Auckland event this year as a warm-up for the Australian Open but lost in the quarters to eventual champion Greta Arn. She was the number one seed and was payed an appearance fee of over US$100,000, despite the fact that she earned only around US$5000 as prize money.

I hope the Kiwi fans won’t be upset at her decision, and now the Australian crowd has so much to look forward to at the next Brisbane tournament, especially since the event attracted so many star players in the past.

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