Russian Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpischev believes that Maria Sharapova's three-set loss to Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open on Sunday is not tragic. Speaking to Championat, Tarpischev said: 'Masha's nervous system has not been solved yet.
He played just a few tense matches, so there were not too many key moments. She needs to play more matches and injuries and ban play a factor as well. I saw a very high quality game from Masha from 0-4 down in the decisive set.
This is good and if she goes through the process normally, the season will become bright and full. The Australian Open result needs to absolutely be considered as normal.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title