Maria Sharapova: Russian tennis star Oct 10, 2014 21:55:28 GMT
Post by Admin on Oct 10, 2014 21:55:28 GMT
Maria Sharapova may have started the month of October by being upset by qualifier Timea Bacsinszky at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, but that only motivated the former World No.1 to have an even better China Open campaign, and that's exactly what she did. Sharapova stormed though the field not dropping a set en route to the final. There she battled past Petra Kvitova in a close three-setter. It was Sharapova's first Beijing title and fourth WTA title of 2014, the most WTA titles she has won in a season since 2006.
Additionally it was Sharapova's second Premier Mandatory title of the year after winning Madrid in May. Following Beijing Sharapova returned to World No.2 and now has a chance to overtake the World No.1 ranking from Serena Williams during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. What were her thoughts on the title and looking back after missing the entire second half of last year's season?
"It's so rewarding, honestly," Sharapova said. "At this time last year I was somewhere in Europe getting treatment for my shoulder, just trying to find different medical perspectives and advice on how to treat it and get it better. I knew I wasn't going to play for the rest of the year. I missed the US Open already, and I was going to miss the WTA Finals. It was a tough time for me, mentally - I was just in the middle of Europe trying to find a solution, yet everyone else was still playing. It's definitely great to be in a situation a year later where this is my fourth WTA title of the year, and a Grand Slam this year. You look back and think about how you struggled but kept going. It's a lot to put in perspective."