Sharapova made an impressive return by reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane.
Maria Sharapova gestures during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo)
Maria Sharapova happily admits that patience is not her strongest trait but the Russian will temper her expectations as she begins her Australian Open title campaign.
The 26-year-old missed the last few months of the 2013 season, including the US Open, with an injury to her right shoulder, the same shoulder that required surgery in 2008.