She will play AO without a single warm-up match. I'm quite sure about it. She is more often playing big tournaments without match practice than with it. She still doesn't understand that the only Slam where she is really competitive is RG and the reason is not the surface, but the way she prepares for it.
I agree she definitely needs matches these days to perform well at majors but like Andy said, she can very well play Auckland or Brisbane she was on the entry list this year before withdrawing because of injury so maybe she will play .
Maria? Auckland? "You cannot be serious" For Masha even Brisbane is a MM and she believes that no warm-up for Melbourne works for her
She only opted out of playing AO warmups the last couple of years because she was just coming off full seasons both times so could get away with it. I'm pretty sure even she wouldn't be stupid enough to go straight into a Slam having not played in nearly 6 months and being in sucky form even before that IF she's healthy enough to play the AO (which obviously is still a big "if" at this point), surely she'll play a warm-up this time.
Anyway, even though I was still deluding myself into thinking she might play the YEC, I guess realistically it wasn't going to happen. I guess on balance it probably would've been stupid rushing back and jeopardising her recovery "just" for that.
Guys, maybe everything is not that bad
Matt Cronin @TennisReporters 35m
Sharapova camp says shoulder feeling lot better but not enough time 2 get ready 4 Champs. Scheduled 2 be back at practice in 2 weeks-ish
@TennisReporters: Sharapova will name a new coach in early November and no I don't know who (yet)
YEC is meaningless anyway, so Maria skipping this event is only for the better in the long run, which is focusing on the 4 slams in 2014. She was already forced to miss US Open, so having to compromise her AO chances and preparation would be really foolish. I think she'l be back with a bang at Melbourne, just like she always does for the past few years
Originally Posted by Chakbelle
Those DFs are like a tap but the washer is broken and Maksim doesnt have a wrench.
Originally Posted by Sp!ffy
Sharapova is so popular her owns fans have haters.