Malgré son forfait à Melbourne, Maria Sharapova a confirmé sa présence à Paris pour débuter sa saison WTA. L'Open GDF-Suez, qui débutera le 7 février au stade Pierre-de-Coubertin, attend également l'Américaine Serena Williams, vainqueur en 1999 et 2003, et Amélie Mauresmo, titrée en 2001 et 2006.
Apparently, in that link posted yesterday on the french Eurosport, they make it official that Maria just confirmed her presence in this years GDF Open as her debut tournament for this season. Is it really true?
It makes no sense to rush back. If she couldn't make this AO, why play before March?
Because she needs matches before the big ones IW/Miami which she loves playing at maybe...
Sharapova, Jankovic, Zvonareva !
Kirilenko, Vesnina, Dokic, Bacsinszky, Jovanovski, Pironkova Official Greek Guardian of the Maria Mafia & Don't Knock the Dok Official Masseur of the Jelena Clinic
Djokovic, Davydenko, Tipsarevic, Wawrinka, Baghdatis, Gulbis, Troicki, Kyrgios
Yeah right! Of all the places for her to return she chooses Paris??
I personally think she won't be back until Indian Wells, minimum.
You all already forget how Justine Henin started (career best!) 2007 season. She is not ready for AO/07, so withdraw... than she choose Paris indoors for her comeback - lose one set against Loit and against Golovin, before lose SF vs Safarova, but this matches very help her to back in perfect shape: she lose just three of next 60+ matches that season!
Kim Clijsters also have similar start of career best season (2005). She is forced to miss AO/05 and she choose to start at February Antwerp indoors... lose QF match... but at next two way bigger tournaments next month (Indian Wells and Miami) she reach titles!
So it's smart move from Sharapova to choose (and "sacrafice") one small February warm-up indoors tournament before IW and Miami important mandatory events.
and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is
AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
Last edited by Cp6uja; Jan 21st, 2009 at 02:15 PM.