Re: ** Masha News and Articles! ** Vol. 2
Sharapova has been a loyal participant at the Hong Kong tournament since she started to play here as a precociously talented teenager in 2003.
President of the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons’ Association Ian Wade explained, “Maria feels she needs to play in a WTA ranking tournament at the start of the year, and she’s going to break her routine of starting in Hong Kong. We’re naturally disappointed but we know how hard a decision this was for her. With a current ranking of 18, Maria is working hard to get back in the Top 5.”