After her loss to Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open on Sunday, Maria Sharapova spoke about her next plans. There will not be too much time to rest for the former world No. 1 who will play the St. Petersburg Open starting on January 28 joining a good field made up of Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens. "I'm planning on playing St.
Petersburg and probably nothing after that until Indian Wells", said Sharapova, who has not committed to compete in Doha and Dubai either in February. Sharapova also commented on how it feels to lose close matches: "I think there is a lot of comparisons.
I think it's a little bit of a philosophical question at this point so close to ending the match. Yeah, there is definitely, you know, I had a great match a couple of days ago, and I could have lost that one and I didn't.
I pulled through, and I had opportunities today to win and my opponent did. She won the last point, and she was the better player. That's the way – you know, it's sport. There is only one winner at the end of each event.
There is great moments, high moments, and the rest of us, there is usually a moment of disappointment. If we didn't feel that disappointment, we wouldn't be – it's tough to encourage yourself to keep going, to find a way to a winning way next time if you're just, you know, happy about your performance even when you lose."