View Full Version : Maria will arrive in Australia on the weekend...

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:05 AM
SYDNEY, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Australian Open organisers are confident Maria Sharapova will play at the first grand slam of the year despite her withdrawal from a lead-up event.

The Russian has not played since November last year because of a shoulder problem and was in doubt for the Open after pulling out of this week's Australian women's hardcourt championship on the Gold Coast.

But a tournament spokesman said organisers were still expecting her to play in Melbourne after her management called them on Friday to say she would be arriving in Australia on Sunday.

"Her management contacted us to arrange a pick-up on her arrival so that's a fair indication," the spokesman said.

News of Sharapova's pending arrival in Australia is a welcome relief for tournament organisers after four-times champion Andre Agassi announced on Thursday he was pulling out because of an ankle injury.

Marat Safin, the reigning men's champion, is in serious doubt because of a long-term knee injury while French Open champion Rafael Nadal is in danger because of a foot problem that forced him to pull out of next week's Sydney International.
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=URI:urn:newsml:reuters.com:20060106:MTFH83 180_2006-01-06_05-03-05_SP157714:1

Great to hear she will arrive for a weeks preparation...after treatment in the US :cool:

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:17 AM
that's gotta make you smile :)

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:18 AM
that's gotta make you smile :)

Hell Yea! :D

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:23 AM
Awesome news, thanks Dan :yeah:

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:28 AM
i'm really excited for her!

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:34 AM
maria will be to australia but not sure she will play!

i think we know the next week!

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:51 AM
Make way for Queen Masha everybody!

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:54 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

The Princess will come back :bounce:

Jan 6th, 2006, 07:55 AM
yes be careful masha !

not injuries again plze

Jan 6th, 2006, 09:09 AM
great news

Jan 6th, 2006, 10:40 AM
I hope that she will be 100% fit and ready for AO. ;)

Jan 6th, 2006, 11:24 AM
Maria :woohoo:

Jan 6th, 2006, 11:29 AM
This is Music to my ears it has made my day

Jan 6th, 2006, 11:33 AM
:rocker: :rocker: :rocker: :rocker: :rocker:

Jan 6th, 2006, 01:26 PM
Hooorayy Good news :banana:

hope she'll be fit for the open :D

Jan 6th, 2006, 02:37 PM
Great news!!!:bounce: You should go there early to watch Maria practice, Dan - then post pics and analysis!