Re: Maria training at australian open 2008
Sharapova sharp at first practice session
Monday, 7 January, 2008
By Adele Holland
A relaxed Maria Sharapova practised at a deserted Rod Laver Arena today, concentrating on her powerful serve and her return.
The Russian was chatty as she prepared for next week’s Australian Open, laughing with her hitting partner and coach.
Sharapova did not seem phased by the hot sun pouring through the open roof at Rod Laver, nor jetlag, having only arrived in Melbourne this morning after playing in a tournament in Hong Kong.
The unmistakable cries from last year’s runner-up filled the empty arena, which in less than a week will be jam packed full of fans.
Her strong forehand was creating havoc, after apologising to a staff member for hitting him with the ball he yelled back, “It’s okay, if she hits me in the leg, I’ll never wash it again,” to which she laughed in return.