Russian tennis star Sharapova says achieved enough, but not going to retire

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

Sharapova, who had five stints as the No. 1 player on the Women's Tennis Association singles rankings, most recently in 2012, was playing for the first time since May 16, when a thigh injury forced her to retire from her second-round match in the Rome Open she was leading Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6- 3, 2-1. Sharapova played for the Orange County Breakers in their season-opening match against the defending champions San Diego Aviators at the La Costa Resort and Spa. "It's nice to have a schedule again and something that I really miss, having a tournament on the schedule and a calendar and knowing what I have to prepare for", Sharapova said. She is still working her way back from the comeback since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. In her first event, the Russian star reached the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semifinals.

The tennis player was expected to take part in a qualifying for Wimbledon as she had not requested the organizers to issue her a wild card for the main draw but Sharapova did not take part in the competition due to her injury. I have had a lot in my career. I wanted to continue that. "She deserves a second chance". She says the only thing she can do by proving detractors wrong is by showing up to more tournaments. But there's something deeper. It's more than just the sport. She chose not to predict how she would fare at the season's final Grand Slam in NY. "I hadn't actually planned on playing World Team Tennis but I just thought I could use the bonus matches as I like to call them".

Rogers' victory not only helped the Aviators overcome a big Orange County lead, but it also served as sweet revenge for Rogers, who earlier in the team match had been part of a 5-1 doubles loss to Sharapova and her partner. Just because I have to be realistic that I haven't played in a long time.

'This (World Team Tennis) was a great little addition to my schedule, ' she said. "The importance and significance of every tournament is much more in my mind than what I can or cannot do at the US Open".

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