In an interview to Championat, the former world No. 5 Anne Chakvetadze commented on Maria Sharapova's situation. The five-time Grand Slam winner is back to compete in the last week's Mallorca Open. "It seems she is able to comeback to her previous form, but there are obvious problems with the motivation.
It was very hard because Maria was in the top ten rankings for a long time, she was winning Grand Slams. I think she will do everything to reach the final stages. Then it's clear that after turning 30, especially for a girl, every match does not get any easier.
You have other priorities in life and it takes a bit longer for the body to recover", said Chakvetadze. The former player Anna Dmitrieva commented on Sharapova possibly pairing up with Andy Murray at Wimbledon: "Why not? I read it on social media and I thought it would be interesting.
Maria never played mixed. Murray wants to understand his real form and try to come back to the sport. And for Sharapova, that would be a very good opportunity to stay in tennis and be free mentally. That would cause an unprecedented interest for the crowd."
The Russian Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpischev said: "For Sharapova, it's getting even tougher to play because there are a lot of younger girls who deliver amazing tennis." Sharapova lost to the German Angelique Kerber in the Mallorca Open second round. She had defeated Viktoria Kuzmova in the first round.