Maria Sharapova playing WTT...
Maria is returning to World Team Tennis action this summer.* Maria will play for will play for the Newport Beach Breakers on Wednesday, July 22nd, when they host the Kansas City Explorers.* The tie will begin at 19.05 local time.
Maria previously played*four seasons for the Breakers from 2003-2005 and 2007.* She made her WTT debut as a 15-year-old in 2002 for the Delaware Smash.
Now I'm all up for Maria playing as much tennis as possible so that she reaches her old form, yet I can't help but feel her priorities aren't great. Her ranking is still only at #60, but she only puts herself forward to the big tournaments. Yes, she has the fight and drive necessary, but she doesn't have the form (she lost to Dulko at Wimbledon!!? What was that all about?!) and she doesn't have the ranking points needed to give her good draws. She needs ranking points to avoid poor draws during the US hardcourt season, so why is she playing WTT and not, say, Portoroz? She needs to play some smaller tournaments to give her some easier opponents and guaranteed ranking points.
I don't know. She's had her break after Wimbledon - I just think she could be spending her time on court a bit more wisely and do something that actually contributes to getting herself back to the top where she belongs! She probably knows what she's doing though and I can't wait to see her on the hardcourts! Go Maria!
“I’m not the next anyone. I’m the first Maria Sharapova...” Australian Open Champion 2008 - French Open Champion 2012 & 2014
Wimbledon Champion 2004 - US Open Champion 2006
YEC Champion 2004 - London 2012 Olympics Silver Medalist