Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova made a comeback to the professional tennis yesterday by playing a doubles match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She missed almost seven months of her career because of a shoulder injury.
Sharapova was paired with Russian Elena Vesnina in the first round match against Ekaterina Makarova and Tatiana Poutchek, which they lost 6-2 4-6 10-7. But, the 21-year old sensation is least bothered about the result as she’s just happy to be back on court.
“It feels very good to be back, I just wanted to test it out,” she said.
“I started training a couple of months ago. I just wanted to… test it out in a match situation and get a little different scenery than the practice court and play in front of the crowd, so that was exciting,” added the three-time Grand Slam winner.
Sharapova has been out of the action since last August because of the injury which has been bothering her for the last two years.
She’s not competing in the Singles event as she says that she still needs some time to fully recover.
“I think the hump I’ve got to get through right now is to put two weeks of playing two, three sets every single day, for two weeks and feeling great, 100 percent,” she said.
The former No.1 slipped to No.23 over the past seven months during which she missed the US Open, Australian Open and Beijing Olympics. She was the highest paid female sportswoman for the year 2008.