Does passion override performance for Maria Sharapova?


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Does passion override performance for Maria Sharapova?

"I've had a history of a tendon in my left forearm flaring up...it's not easy..." Maria Sharapova had mentioned of just one ailment that she's been plagued with. This season hasn't been going great for Sharapova as she's been suffering from shoulder ailments.

It was in January that she had to pull out of the St. Petersburg Open and in February withdrew from the Miami Open to undergo a surgical procedure on her rotator cuff. It was also in May that she'd withdraw from Rome with the same shoulder injury.

Since the start, she either played well for a few rounds and then would retire or withdrew due to previous injury ailments causing her to not complete tournaments. It was even after the first round at Wimbledon with her meet up of Pauline Parmentier that she withdrew one game before the end of the match due to the pain and discomfort after having a medical timeout during the event.

Despite the injuries, Maria Sharapova still has the passion to play the sport she's learned since a young girl in Russia. She played at this year's U.S. Open and was paired with Serena Williams for the opening round.

Things were pretty murky for Sharapova as the first set she was blasted by Serena Williams and only was able to get one game in the set. If it wasn't the blasting serves that did Sharapova in, it was the precision forehands and down-the-lines by Williams to result in the Russian's lost at 6-1, 6-1.

"She won the majority of the one-two punch points. That's where she hurt me a lot," Sharapova had admitted. They haven't played each other since 2004 and with the Russian having a 2-22 head-to-head against Williams, the negatives were there for the 87th ranked who used to be in the top 5 in the world.

But the Sharapova's passion and intent are still there. "Bottom line is I believe in my ability. You can write me off...as long as it's not the person that's inside of you, you'll be okay," she defiantly said.

It is true that positivity goes a long way, but realistically if she can stay healthy, great performances will follow her on the court. In the event that her body cannot withstand the pressure of playing professional tennis anymore, winning and going deep at tournaments may be more of a challenge than any opponent, veteran or not.