Maria Sharapova went through a lot of tough moments in 2018 having dealt with a shoulder injury that forced her to end season at the US Open. Speaking in press conference at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy after defeating Daria Gavrilova in a straight-set first round match, Sharapova said: ‘It’s difficult to say that I am satisfied with the last season because I missed a lot of tournaments.
At the end of the year I figured out that I played just 11 tournaments. This year I hope to be healthy so that everything goes well in tennis.’ Top seeds usually open their campaign on Wednesday. Why did she start on Monday? ‘Why waiting? (laughter).
Will the game be on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday? It doesn’t matter. The earlier, the better. I got used to the weather condition and I was ready. I am not a seeded player so starting earlier was good.’ On how it feels to have open training sessions in her country, Sharapova added: ‘This is a good idea, the best preparation.
When you train at home, you work just with your team. And the people watch you at a tournament. The open
training session is the best preparation. This is exactly the way you play matches in front of the crowd.’ Sharapova, a 31-year-old, was forced to withdraw from St.
Petersburg and she will next play the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.