Maria Sharapova to play Hawaii Open, joins Kei Nishikori and Kerber

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Maria Sharapova to play Hawaii Open, joins Kei Nishikori and Kerber

Maria Sharapova is set to play three exhibition events over less than a month. From 19 to 21 December, the Russian will face Amanda Anisimova at the Abu Dhabi's Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Then from 16 to 28 Sharapova will compete at the Hawaii Open joining a star-stunned field that already features Kei Nishikori and Angelique Kerber.

Then Sharapova will play the Kooyong Classic in January. Sharapova said: “The Hawaii Open is a great way to warm up for the competition in Australia, which is around the corner. I’m excited to play, explore the beautiful island, and meet my fans”.

Meanwhile Arnaud Di Pasquale spoke about Rafael Nadal's struggles during the indoor hard-court season: "If there is a player who competes without saving energy, it's Nadal. And in the end of the year, you pay the price for it.

Because of injuries or fatigue. Besides injuries, Nadal is probably the player who adapts the most to external elements. There it's about mental strength and he is strongest than all the other opponents. Indoors you need to play faster, take the ball early, on faster surfaces, to shorten rallies and be more aggressive.

That fits more to Federer and Djokovic than Nadal. Even if he changed his game, his nature is not to play from the baseline."