HomeTennisSharapova won Tomljanovic exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi
Ex-first racket of the world, the fivefold winner of tournaments of “Grand slam” Maria Sharapova, who this season didn’t played because of a shoulder injury, delighted the fans with his appearance on the court. Russian tennis player took part in the exhibition match in Abu Dhabi. To judge the form of a Maria Sharapova one match difficult. I hope she will win and at official tournaments. Photo: REUTERS
Sharapova beat Islay Tomljanovic, passed under the flag of Australia with the score 6:4, 7:5.
In 2019 a 32-year-old Maria played just eight tournaments. She has played 15 matches, eight of which made in their favor. Her best result was fourth round at the Australian Open. Now Sharapova is on the 131th place in the WTA rankings. But, despite the constant talk about the fact that it is time for her to retire, continues to upload photos and videos with their workouts. And along with the lengthy statements that now her life is not limited to sports, said that her goal is to prepare well for next season. This is a direct question to Sharapova after withdrawing from the tournament in Linz in October. The press service of the tournament in Abu Dhabi results in similar words:
Maria Sharapova going to retire. She is looking forward to the new season
Look forward to a trip to Australia to understand in what form I’m in and how my body will react to the load, said Maria. – Last season I played very little. I trained, but constantly had problems. Let’s see how it goes this time.
Meanwhile, the men’s tournament in Abu Dhabi was more representative, so the competitions started with the quarter-finals. In one match I lost to Andrei Rublev. He is just over 1 hour 8 minutes conceded to the Greek Stephanos Zizipus (6:3, 6:4). In another victory of Karen Khachanov, who took over Hyeon Chung from South Korea – 7:6(7:4), 6:4.
Recall that Chun shot on the Final of the youth championship in 2017, beating in the final Rublev. But then he was tortured with injuries, and now he’s not even included in the first hundred rating ATP (128). But my opponent in the semi-finals Hechanova the player a completely different level – the first racket of the world Spaniard Rafael Nadal. “Fights about Rafa is never easy, – said Karen. – He is a great champion, I respect him. I hope we will show interesting tennis.”