If anyone had genuinely believed Maria Sharapova would retire in frustration at the shoulder injury that has kept her out of the game for the past nine months, they needed only to talk to the Russian ahead of her comeback next week to realise those fears were unfounded.
The former world No1 will play in her first singles tournament on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour for nine months at the Warsaw Open having finally recovered from the injury that ruled her out of the past two grand slams, sent her ranking into freefall – she is currently No65 in the world – and left her bitterly disappointed after several setbacks.
Maria, I too like long walks on the beach. Good Luck next week in Poland. -TO