Maria Sharapova took advantage of her early arrival in Rome, on Wednesday, to visit a little bit the city with some friends before starting to train again, which she did on Friday morning on the Central Court of Foro Italico.
The former World No. 1, who lost to the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in three sets in Madrid, visited Trastevere and also some other historical parts of the Italian city. 'When the new mixes in with the old', wrote Sharapova, who loves street arts.
She is staying at an home in Rome, it seems: 'Can't believe we are in the same city away from home.'
A few weeks ago in Stuttgart after the semifinal match lost to the French Kristina Mladenovic, Sharapova said she is treating Rome event as important as Grand Slam: 'Grand Slams are the big ones and it's where I did well especially at the French Open, but when you've been out for so long I am treating Madrid, Rome and all the other events just as importantly because I need to play matches.'