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MARIA SHARAPOVA RETURNS TO ACTION IN BRISBANE

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Former tennis world No. 1 Maria Sharapova will open her 2020 campaign in Brisbane after being awarded a wild card by the organisers, the five-time Grand Slam winner announced on Monday.

The 32-year-old Russian has not played since a first-round loss to career-long rival, Serena Williams at the US Open in August.

“Hi Brisbane, I have missed you so much and I am so excited to start my season at your tournament and in your city,” Sharapova said in a video message on her Instagram account.

“I’m looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of days.”

Sharapova has slipped to No. 133 in the world rankings after a 2019 season plagued by a shoulder injury, which limited her to just 15 competitive matches.

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She won the Brisbane title in 2015.

This year’s tournament in the eastern Australian city gets under way on Jan 6.

-AFP

 

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