Maria Sharapova has announced her decision to withdraw from Miami Open. She was forced take this decision, following a surgery to cure her injured right shoulder.
Miami Open organisers also confirmed the message, “We are sad to announce that @mariasharapova has withdrawn as she heals from a right shoulder procedure she underwent last week,” And tournament organisers do not want to miss her next year also, “We wish Maria a speedy recovery and look forward to having her back in Miami in 2020!”
Since last summer Sharapova had struggled from this shoulder pain caused by a raying tendon and small labrum tear. All her efforts to solve the problem by strengthen muscle by exercises failed and forced her doctors to perform a surgery on right shoulder.
The five time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, also previously had shoulder surgery, able to beat defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at third round. But losing to Ashleigh Barty in fourth round (pre quarter finals) of the Australian Open 2019.
The 31 year old former world number one Maria Sharapova, pulled out of indoor hard courts St. Petersburg Open in Russia after winning first round with Australian Daria Gavrilova.
Her current WTA ranking also worrisome at 29, did not won any tournament to improve her rankings. The last one she won is Tianjin Open in October 2017.
Former world number one and five time Grand Slam Champion Sharapova started well be lifting first set 6-4 in her favour, but failed to restrict Ashleigh Barty from winning remaining two sets. Barty become the first Australian woman in a decade to reach the quarter finals in Melbourne, Australia. The match was concluded in Ashleigh Barty’s favour 4 – 6, 6 – 1, 6 – 4.
Post match interview reveals what she think about her fans reaction on her toilet break, different game style of her opponent Ashleigh Barty and most number of double faults she made in a match.
Q. Can you talk about the match and the challenge of playing a player, different style, third set very dramatic?
Maria Sharapova: Yeah, a different style, but a really tough style to play against. I thought she played a really great match, and I still had my chances which I didn’t take. I definitely had a letdown for many games straight, gave her that confidence, and she’s a confidence player, as well. And she’ll take it. She’s not going to back down. And she did.
Q. What did you make of the kind of crowd’s reaction to you? They kind of booed you when you came back after the toilet break and cheered for the time violation. Did you think they were a bit unfair to you? Did it affect you at all?
Maria Sharapova: What do you want me to say to that question?
Q. I don’t know. Just the truth, I guess.
Maria Sharapova: I think that’s a silly question to ask.
Q. Did it affect you, though?
Maria Sharapova: (No response.)
Q. Was your shoulder of any concern?
Maria Sharapova: I have spoken about my shoulder openly in the last few weeks, months, years. It’s definitely been an issue for the majority of last year and going into this year, as well. But it’s something that, as I said after my first match, it’s a pain-management type of thing. I’m still working through it.
Q. Ten double faults. Seemed to be having trouble with your ball toss. Any particular reason for that today?
Maria Sharapova: The ball toss in the beginning was on the side of the sun. That lasted for a few change of ends.
Q. Talking about a letdown in the second and start of the third, what do you attribute it to you? Physical letdown or focus issue?
Maria Sharapova: Yeah, I think a little bit of focus. You know, 30-All in the first game, first game second set, just didn’t take care of business. Yeah, I think I took a few steps back. I let her control the points a little bit. Got into longer rallies, which I think off of the backhand she had a great slice out there today. That stayed quite low in the conditions. And I didn’t do enough with that ball. I usually like that ball.
Q. You took meldonium legally for ten years to deal with your health problems. Now that it’s banned and you can no longer take it, is that a struggle physically to deal with it, the demand of a Grand Slam fortnight?
Maria Sharapova: Is there another question?
Q. On Ash Barty, did you know much about her game going in today or were you kind of learning how she plays while you were out there against her?
Maria Sharapova: Well, I have played against her probably in Rome, six, seven months ago. Different player playing against her in Australia than it is, you know, in Rome first round. Yeah, I think she’s much more, felt like she was much more comfortable on the hard courts and she’s also had a great few weeks. She’s playing like it, as well, yeah.
Q. At the start of the match, history was with you 6-0 against Australian opponents so far. You always won. How much confidence does it bring into the game at the start of the match?
Maria Sharapova: Honestly I didn’t know that stat before the match, and it’s not something that I focus on too much, because every match is a different circumstance and a different opportunity for both of us.
Q. Earlier this week you spoke about doing stuff off the court and maybe past your tennis career. What you do today reflects in your future off the court stuff. Can you compare a victory on the court to a victory off the court and also defeat on the court to something that you maybe lose off the court?
Maria Sharapova: Yeah, I think there is a lot of comparisons. I think it’s a little bit of a philosophical question at this point so close to ending the match.
Yeah, there is definitely, you know, I had a great match a couple of days ago, and I could have lost that one and I didn’t. I pulled through, and I had opportunities today to win and my opponent did. She won the last point, and she was the better player. That’s the way — you know, it’s sport. There is only one winner at the end of each event.
There is great moments, high moments, and the rest of us, there is usually a moment of disappointment. If we didn’t feel that disappointment, we wouldn’t be — it’s tough to encourage yourself to keep going, to find a way to a winning way next time if you’re just, you know, happy about your performance even when you lose.
Q. I’m sure you’re not happy, having lost, but how do you feel about your tennis overall, start of the year, new year beginning, and you have put in a lot of work in the off-season? How do you look at your game at this point?
Maria Sharapova: I thought I did a few things well this week. There is a lot of improvements to do. I still, as I said, still have to take care of the shoulder. You know, I need to serve better. That comes obviously, stems from the shoulder. That’s an important aspect of this year. I’ll be looking to do everything in order to keep it healthy.
Q. Offbeat question. How conscious are you as a player always being on the camera in various areas?
Maria Sharapova: I think we have known that, because that’s been the way that — we have had a lot of cameras here for the last couple of years, warmup areas. They’re not in the locker room, not that I know of (smiling). Safe there.
Q. Does it bother you?
Maria Sharapova: Not really.
Q. Tough loss for you. But how far do you see Ash going in this tournament? Do you think she’s ready to win a slam?
Maria Sharapova: I think everyone has a chance, and everyone has an opportunity, whether you take it. I thought she played some brilliant tennis in parts of the match, and you have to deliver that for three more, so, you know, I think time will tell.
Q. How much belief do you have that you can actually win another Grand Slam in your career? Or is there a concern that perhaps the next generation, which includes Barty, could be overlapping or superseding the previous generation?
Maria Sharapova: I think it would be tough for me to be doing all the work and putting in all the effort if I didn’t really believe that. I think I’d be kidding myself.
Q. What does your schedule look like for the next few weeks? Get the shoulder checked?
Maria Sharapova: Yeah, I’m planning on playing St. Petersburg and probably nothing after that until Indian Wells.
Maria Sharapova, hampered by a foot injury in the last two months, was taken by shock by fellow country women Dinara Safina, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.
Fourth seeded Maria Sharapova was leading 4-0 and 5-1 in the final set, but the 14th seeded Safina stormed back to win six games in row.
Maria Sharapova, twice quarter finalist here said,”I should have closed out the first set, then the third.” in her post match interview “unfortunately, I haven’t played a lot of matches in the past weeks and don’t feel like I’m match tough enough.’’
Dramatically faltered Maria Sharapova made 63 unforced errors, while Dinara Safina – younger sister of Marat Safin, conversely played her best tennis to win six successive games in the deciding set of fourth round.
Tired and weary Maria Sharapova was defeated by Svetlana Kuznetsova in NASDAQ 100 Open 2006 final.
Maria Sharapova failed to join the elite club of two, Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters, who have won the Indian Wells and Miami events back-to-back.
The crowd was more supportive towards Kuznetsova.
Maria Sharapova, tournaments hot favorite and fourth seeded was beaten by 12th seeded Kuznetsova in 90 minutes final in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. The shocking defeat at the hands of the lower ranked fellow Russian tennis player prevents Sharapova from NASDAQ 100 Open title for the second year in row.
Maria Sharapova was driven to corners repeatedly by Kuznetsova and then she slapped the winner in the open court.
The 12th seed faced break points in the third game, but she was first to score a service break, which she did a game later with a forehand that kissed the baseline. Sharapova glared at where the ball bounced and for a second mulled over whether to challenge it on the instant replay. She realized there was no point, as the ball was in.
Maria Sharapova could have won the first set, had she played a better game. She lost an opportunity to break in the third game and a forehand from Kuznetsova touched the baseline in fourth. Maria was skeptical to call for instant replay as the ball was in evidently.
Next two games were broken by each player, Kuznetsova dropped her serve while serving for the set 5-3. Maria Sharapova hit an acutely angled backhand to win the ninth game.
Maria Sharapova’s sloppy game at this point didn’t helped her to level the the set, from where she surrendered the set in 49 minutes to a more confident opponent 3-6.
The fourth game of second set, Kuznetsova broke with a sensational forehand winner down the line. Maria Sharapova was unable to get a break point as the former US Open Champion kept the pressure up with deep and powerful returns.
The remaining games in the second set were mere ritual to Kuznetsova as the whole show took 90 minutes as once Maria Sharapova screamed “Ai-yi-yi” in desperation.