Sharapova Plans Comeback for Indian Wells or Miami

by The Insider on February 8, 2009 · 0 comments

in WTA News

Maria Sharapova plans her comeback to competition in March at either the WTA event at Indian Wells or Miami.

The 21-year-old Russian has not competed since last August because of a shoulder injury that has been mothering her for the past two years.

She originally planned to play in Paris next week and then Dubai but pulled out of both events because she still did not fully recover.

“I have been training in Florida the last few weeks and really working hard,” said Sharapova.

“It’s really amazing how you can do all the exercises and rehab in the world, but nothing substitutes the time you spend on court running and hitting hundreds of balls.”

“Right now I’m aiming for Palm Springs, or Miami, depending on how things shape up.”

The former world number one has seen her ranking drop to no.17 during an absence that made her miss the 2008 US Open, the Beijing Olympics and last month’s Australian Open.

It is the first time she has been outside the world top 10 since her victory at Wimbledon in 2004.

Maria Sharapova plans her comeback to competition in March at either the WTA event at Indian Wells or Miami.

The 21-year-old Russian has not competed since last August because of a shoulder injury that has been bothering her for the past two years.

She originally planned to play in Paris next week and then Dubai but pulled out of both events because she still did not fully recover.

“I have been training in Florida the last few weeks and really working hard,” said Sharapova.

“It’s really amazing how you can do all the exercises and rehab in the world, but nothing substitutes the time you spend on court running and hitting hundreds of balls.”

“Right now I’m aiming for Palm Springs, or Miami, depending on how things shape up.”

The former world number one has seen her ranking drop to no.17 during an absence that made her miss the 2008 US Open, the Beijing Olympics and last month’s Australian Open.

It is the first time she has been outside the world top 10 since her victory at Wimbledon in 2004.

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