Sharapova plans to play two more tournaments until the season ends. The Russian will compete in next week's Linz Open and then she is set to take a wild card to compete in Luxembourg, where she only played once, in 2003, losing to the top seed Kim Clijsters in the semifinals.
Sharapova is training with the Italian coach Riccardo Piatti in the north of Italy on hard courts and she did not take a wild card to play in Wuhan or Beijing either. At the US Open, following her 55-minute loss to Serena Williams, the five-time Grand Slam winner spoke about her schedule.
The Russian has been hit with a shoulder injury during the first half of the season. "I want to try and play as much as possible", recognized the former world No. 1. "After the long match against Kontaveit, I struggled with my shoulder for a week or so.
I was trying to get that back on track. I think I hit like over 200 serves in that match. That was a lot compared to what I did in practice beforehand. I have to be mindful of the schedule. I have to be smart. Yeah, but I really want to play as much as I can till the end of the year."
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Maria Sharapova recently found herself in a somewhat awkward situation. She was closing out an interview in the SBS Broadcasting booth at the Kooyong Classic when her ex-boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov crashed it.
"He keeps looking over. Can you tell him to stop looking?" Sharapova said. Shortly after Dimitrov made a cameo, and the conversation shifted to his yellow attire, which Sharapova was not a fan of.
“I thought you liked yellow on me, but that’s OK. People change, I get it," the Bulgarian said.
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is set to tumble outside the top 350 players in the world after falling in the opening round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. And she might not play again at Melbourne Park.
Sharapova lost her third consecutive first round match at a major, coughing up a 4-1 lead in the second set before losing 6-3, 6-4 to 19th seed Donna Vekic on Rod Laver Arena.
The 32-year-old only featured in eight tournaments in 2019 due to a persistent shoulder injury – after returning from a 15-month doping ban – and required a wildcard entry to this tournament.
The 2008 Australian Open winner hasn’t made it past the fourth round at Melbourne Park since she reached the quarter-finals in 2015 and doesn’t know if she will return in 2021.
She was also seen alongside Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at the show. She posted an update on her Twitter account on the same. The Russian glamour girl also attended the Vanity Fair Oscars after party with boyfriend and businessman Alexander Gilkes over the weekend.
On the court, Sharapova was beaten in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne by Croatia's Donna Vekic. She had received a wild card to enter the competition after her ranking had dropped out of the Top 100 at the start of the year due to injuries in 2019.
Does Maria Sharapova still need to be a tennis player? After her first round loss, Sharapova is now ranked No. 371 in the world. When asked in Melbourne if she would be back next year, the Russian commented, "I don’t know. It’s tough for me to tell what’s going to happen in 12 months’ time.
I just don’t know. I haven’t thought of my schedule moving forward from here yet”. She has not confirmed when she will play her next tournament. The Russian turns 33 years old in April.