Former world No.1 Maria Sharapova accepts Brisbane International wildcard – ‘Still a lot of fire’

Brisbane: I have the ability to play tennis. And so is the Fire. Russian beauty Maria Sharapova says she is still a rival to anyone. Former world number one Sharapova made a wildcard entry in the Brisbane event, which starts on July 6. Sharapova will rocket again. The Brisbane event is held every year as a preparatory tournament before the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament.

Speaking at a media conference on Tuesday, Maria Sharapova said: ‘You are participating in the Brisbane event. After several days of rocketing. In his early career, he never expected to play beyond the age of 30. The game was left in me. Fire is still in me. Sharapova, the 32-year-old, said: It was a fresh start for her, who had a difficult season last season.

‘I will continue to play tennis until my shoulder injury recovers and my body cooperates with the game. I still have plenty of time. There will be many challenges. Ready to face it all. Sharapova is confident that she will be able to perform well this season. Sharapova won the Brisbane title in 2015.

Sharapova did not return to the US Open after losing in the first round to US star Serena Williams at the US Open last August. The 2019 season was sidelined due to a shoulder injury. Sharapova slipped to No. 133 in the WTA rankings. She will be accompanied by star stars such as Naomi Osaka, Ashley Barty, Pliskova, Elena Svitolina, Kvitova and Kiki Bertens at the Brisbane event.

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