Maria Sharapova has been out with a shoulder injury since last August, and appears poised to comeback in March. She had been trying to get back for the this weeks event in Paris. But that was not to be. Read more, see photos and videos below.
Sharapova, once ranked #1 in the world has seen her ranking slip to currently 17th in the world. She has missed the last two Grand Slam events, last year’s U.S. Open and the Australian Open. She has been suffering from a torn rotator cuff in her right shoulder since her last competitive tournament in which she had to withdraw due to the injury.
Sharapova’s next scheduled event is the tournament in Indian Wells, California on March 11-22, she wrote on her website that she would be shooting for that date; but if not she would try to be back for the next tournament which is in Key Biscayne, Florida. She wrote on her website:
“I have been training in Florida the last few weeks and really working hard on getting the strength back in my arm,” Sharapova said on her official website.
“It’s really amazing how you can do all the exercises and rehab in the world, but nothing substitutes the time you spent on court running and hitting hundreds of balls.
“Unfortunately just because the doctor fixes the problem and gives you the green light to practice doesn’t mean that you can just go out there playing tournaments.
Maria Sharapova has brought a lot of excitement back to the world of women’s tennis. Not that there wasn’t any already, but there are more male viewers now I would guess than ever before. Sharapova brings not only good looks to the court, but skills as well. Anna Kournikova had the looks without ever really being too successful between the lines. Sharapova has not only been successful on the WTA circuit but she has been great for the world of advertising. She modeled in the 2006 issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
More photos and a video of Maria Sharapova are below.
Maria Sharapova Video