SYDNEY: In a press conference at the Shenzhen Open Maria Sharapova explained the reasons that led her to retire against Aryna Sabalenka being down 6-1 4-2. The Russian player is dealing with a left thigh injury, and she may miss the Australian Open that starts on the 14th of January.
‘The season is still very long, I need to maintain a positive attitude! Health has always been my priority. In my career, there has always been a huge mystery that I need to crack‘, said Sharapova. The 31-year-old also thanked her supporters in the country: ‘I have some of the best fans in China and they call themselves Shara Family in China.
There’s quite a few of them that I was able to see them all around the world. I am very thankful for their support, definitely. I couldn’t finish the match, I felt my legs for a couple of days and one particular point I felt a burn and decided that I have no choice but to reevaluate it.
Obviously, it is very rare that I withdraw so I will do my best with the recovery.’ Sharapova concluded: ‘I certainly love coming back here that is why I came back for the second time. I love playing in front of my fans, I love the audience.
That’s why I love coming back here.’ Sharapova reached the third round at last year’s Australian Open losing to Angelique Kerber.