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 shoulder 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 in Russia and reach her team of doctors to see how serious the injury was.
After seeking different opinions and possibilities, the 32-year-old decided to undergo a small procedure in February, announcing the withdrawal from both Indian Wells and Miami. The Russian hit the practice court again, working hard on her physical strength and hoping to start hitting the ball as soon as possible and make a healthy return without the pain that has been bothering her for a while now.
Despite some progress, Maria had to skip Madrid and Rome, unable to make a full recovery in time for the second Grand Slam of the season at Roland Garros as well, skipping Paris for the third time in the last four years. The good news is, Maria is still on the practice court, working on getting that shoulder into the desired shape and hoping to return as soon as possible.
Sharapova won Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014, winning 25 out of 27 matches there between 2011-14. “Sometimes the right decisions aren’t the easiest ones. In better news, I have returned to the practice court, and slowly building the strength back in my shoulder”.