World No.2 Maria Sharapova is upbeat about the upcoming BNP Paribas Open. She is the defending runner up here, losing to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.
Maria Sharapova has a home in Manhattan Beach with her favorite restaurant La Sosta Enoteca in Hermosa Beach. Comfortable with her surroundings the Russian sensation expressed her affection towards the BNP Paribas Open. “I like this tournament because the people come to watch the tennis,” Sharapova said. “As tennis players, when we see fans driving up, see a line of spectators, it's incredible.”
Seeded No.2 for the event as Serena Williams has been skipping this event since 2001; Sharapova is a former champion here and lost in the final last year to Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova also opened up about her intentions of winning more Grand Slam titles and overcome Williams and Azarenka, who she has been losing to in big matches.
Sharapova’s sheer determination to perform is what has kept her going. She stated that she does her daily rehabilitation work for a right shoulder that was surgically repaired in 2008. After winning The Championships in 2004, the US Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008, the Russian was sidelined with a shoulder injury for 10 months and this injury forced her to wonder whether her time at the top is done.
Her first tournament after injury was the Indian Wells where she competed in doubles, an expression of how much she adores the tournament. “You never know about how you will handle something bad until it happens,” Sharapova said. “No one had come back to the top of the game after my type of injury. And the serve is just a big part of the game, of anyone's game, but I felt like I had to go for it and I still feel like I have so many more years, so much energy, eagerness, motivation. So I'm not going anywhere for a while.”