Maria Sharapova defeated Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6 on 31st December, to book a second-round clash against Xinyu Wang in Shenzhen. In her post-match press conference, the Russian said: 'I think everything is a work in progress, after being away for a few months.
But you know despite feeling a little bit rusty, I think I had a tricky opponent and probably some of the the coldest conditions that could have asked for coming off the shoulder injury. With all those things against me, I perform as best as I could and I got the wind and it sets me up for for the rest of the tournament condition.' On her hopes for the 2019 season, Sharapova added: 'I think from a general perspective, I wanna spend some time with my family this year.
I feel like every year gets past us so quickly and we don't get to share some meaningful time. So I look forward to doing that. Um, you know, seeing them happy and healthy. I think i've learned over the course of my career how important that is.
And personally, just to play some more tennis next year than I did in this year. And we played eleven tournaments, which it's a very limited schedule compared to uh, to full season. So I I would love to have the chance if my body can can help me with that.
That would be my biggest wish on the from tennis.' About working with her coach Thomas Hongstedt again, Sharapova explained: 'Well, it's nice to have a familiar face in nineteen again. We had a really successful partnership for a few years, and, you know as I'm told the the end of my career than I am at the beginning, I I thought it would be nice to work with people that I'm familiar with that I've worked with in the past.
He brings brings a lot of energy to my training to my practices. And, I felt like I feel like i'm starting the year off with with a good team.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title