The five-time Grand Slam champion and a former world no. 1 Maria Sharapova has played just three tournaments so far in 2019, losing in the quarter-final of Shenzhen and the fourth round of the Australian Open. Maria was forced to withdraw before the second round clash against Daria Kasatkina at St.
Petersburg Ladies Trophy at the end of January due to a right shoulder injury, struggling to play injury-free ever since she came back to competition in 2017 due to a thigh, left arm, forearm and should troubles. Sharapova did her best to overcome the pain and start playing on the competitive level again although she had to withdraw in front of the home fans and reach her team of doctors to see how serious the injury was.
After seeking different opinions and possibilities, the 31-year-old decided to undergo a small procedure a month ago, announcing the withdrawal from both Indian Wells and Miami. The three-time Stuttgart champion has secured a wild card but she will most probably skip this strong event on clay, targeting Madrid or Rome as possible return dates to build the form before Roland Garros.
The Russian is back on the court again, working on her physical strength and hoping to start hitting the ball as soon as possible and make a strong return without the pain that has been bothering her for a while now. Maria played well on clay in 2018, advancing into the quarter-final in Madrid, the semi-final in Rome and the quarter-final at Roland Garros, looking to revive at least some of that this spring and start all over again after another setback caused by injuries that prevented her from achieving more in a career.