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Hello!

I know it has been a long time, but I wanted my next doodle to be the one my fans were waiting for. I am very happy to report that I will make my singles return to the tour in Warsaw Poland, the week of May 18. Although it has not been an easy process these last few months, I really believe it's made me a much stronger person in so many areas of my life professionally and personally. There are so many things you learn while you are limited to something you love doing. One of those things is patience, not my best virtue, but certainly one of my better ones now. Self belief...it's important to have a great team and family helping and encouraging you, but unless you are the one believing, it will not happen. My family and coach have been a tremendous part of this comeback, and I think it's important to acknowledge that without their drive, daily laughs, and endless belief in my ability, I would be sipping a pina colada on a deserted island (not that there's something wrong with that, but playing tennis is just so much more exciting at this stage of my life) .

I want to thank all my die hard fans who never stopped believing in me....your letters and messages have been truly inspirational and something that I always looked back to when I had the low moments. I know it is going to take me a while to get back into the groove of playing tournaments and matches, but I am so excited to be competing again. On other notes...

My birthday was very low key this year (in terms of who knew about it :) )but one of the best ones I've ever had. Full of surprises, friends and family, sunflowers, bonfires, yummy food, red velvet cake, spa treatments, and of course amazing presents!!

It's been an on going joke with my friend to answer the phone the day before, the day of, and the few hours after your actual birthday as something like this.....Happy Birthday To ME in Australia, Happy Birthday to Me in Europe, Happy Birthday to Me in Florida, and when it ends, Happy Birthday to Me in Hawaii. This is all considering you're in California. I know, so juvenile, but so much fun!

Apart from that and a shoot week about a month ago, I have been training quite a lot in Florida and as you may well know, there's not much to do here except train and cook. My cooking abilities have certainly risen in the last few months, and I actually find it quite therapeutic. For anyone that says cooking is hard...unless you're cooking in preparation for Russian Easter, where people start cooking the week before, it's actually pretty simple, considering you have decent math and cutting skills.

Speaking of food, I got the amazing opportunity to meet Jose Andres who is an internationally renowned chef from Spain. His restaurant Bazaar is one the best food experiences I've ever had in my life and highly recommend it for anyone in the LA area. He signed a kitchen copy of his cookbook Made in Spain for me and I must admit that was my first ever autograph from anyone. The recipes are brilliant and the tomato gazpacho is one of the best I've ever had...and my Spanish trainer agrees!

Finally, if you have an iGoogle homepage, please be sure to check out one of my latest ventures here. OK, I am off to bed as it is past my bedtime but I hope this doodle puts as many smiles on your face, as it gave me to write it. Be sure to log onto MariaSharapova.com for all the latest News and Photos.

See you soon!!

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Coming back on clay = bad choice

she could have waited 3 more weeks and come back on grass in Birmingham
 

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I wonder how much she is getting just to show up? :devil:
 

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haha, so cool.. Masha is finally back to kick some asses for good... it's been a long wait, now onto owning them bitches:devil:
 

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There is absolutely no point to return on clay courts unless Masha wants to get re-imjured :shrug:
Another smart move by her team, I guess :yeah: :weirdo:
 

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You an idiot, Maria always said she won't rush, if she is coming it's because she feels ready to play i'm so excited

I agree, and what Maria needs more than anything is match practice. No one thinks she is going to win the French. This is all about getting matches, getting back into match fitness, getting back into the mental grind you cannot duplicate in a practice. I imagine it was important to her to do the preliminary work on a surface where no one expects anything of her. If she plays a couple of weeks on clay, she'll be that much farther along on grass.

I think this is still an evaluation, however. It will be important for her to see, at the end of each day, how the shoulder is responding, whether it feels "dead" or fatigued, or even sore. That is still very likely at this point, so I wouldn't get your hopes up that this is the end of the recovery. Frankly, I expected her to be back after Wimbledon, so IMHO she is a bit ahead of schedule.
 

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There is absolutely no point to return on clay courts unless Masha wants to get re-imjured :shrug:
Another smart move by her team, I guess :yeah: :weirdo:
This is implying that she ever had an injury in the first place. :angel:
 
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