Maria Sharapova was in a pretty low place at last year's US Open, losing to Carla Suarez Navarro in a straight-set fourth-round match and ending her season due to a shoulder injury. What has been the key to get back at the highest level again? 'Practice, lots of practice, and I have certainly had a lot of months of those', said Sharapova.
'But it's always different, bringing that practice into match play. I think that's the one thing that was tough for me to get back the hand/eye coordination after not playing for a long time. The return, the anticipation.
Those are the types of things that I think you lose being away from the game. Thought I started returning better middle of last year but still not where I want it to be. Yeah, despite not having a lot of matches coming into, you know, this season, that's certainly worked for me, but I still have to improve it.'
Sharapova feels proud for the level he played at against Wozniacki: 'I felt very much in the moment. I felt present. You know, sometimes, you know, as I said, I was anticipating the match and I wanted that match to happen and these are really the types of match-ups that I haven't really had where I could really challenge myself.
Whether it was a bad result or an easy two-set loss, but to be in the grind of things and to really have to figure out a way to be on top is what I missed. I didn't really get many of those chances. I mean, I think maybe like Halep a year and a half ago at the US Open was where I was challenged like that.
And I can think of maybe one or two other matches. I think you learn a lot, and you really, when you put yourself in those positions and you get through, those are great, great victories.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title