no maria in miami

19 03 2009

 

maria returns in doubles at Indian Wells March 09

maria sharapova returns at indian wells but withdraws from miami. photo reuters.

Maria Sharapova feels she’s not ready for Miami after her ‘doubles wild card’ return at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California with fellow Russian Elena Vesnina. At least Maria got 3 sets of match play and a tie-break before losing out to Ekaterina Makarova and Tatiana Poutchek, 6-1 4-6 10-7.

maria sharapova & elena vesnina doubles indian wells 09

maria sharapova & elena vesnina indian wells 2009

maria doing autographs at Indian Wells

working hard off-court

 

 

 

                     Sharapova’s injury woes

Maria, a three-time Grand Slam champ(lest we forget), withdrew because of a shoulder injury (a torn rotator cuff, ouch!) and has not played a singles tournament since the Rogers Cup in Montréal in July 2008. In that last singles outing, Sharapova won her second round match in 3 sets, 3 hours and committed 17 double faults! She then withdrew from Montreal.

More withdrawals followed – the Beijing Olympics in Aug 2008, the US Open 2008, the Australian Open 2009, GDF SUEZ in Paris and the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. And now the Sony Ericsson Miami Open in March 2009.

Will we continue having withdrawal symptoms? Will she come back or will she kournikova it … after all maria has worked hard both on-court and off, and made a fab career over the years. She absolutely gets tennis elbow room’s ♥ nudge nudge wink wink ♥ award for best tennis glamazon in black and white.

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