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Maria Sharapova to play doubles only at Indian Wells

Maria SharapovaYesterday we had unofficial information that Maria Sharapova won’t return from her injury at Indian Wells, but the latest news at TennisReporters.net is that she will play the BNP Paribas Open, but only the doubles competition.

Sharapova, who hasn’t played doubles since mid-2005, will team up with Elena Vesnina for the first time, but is expected to return to singles at the following event in Miami at the end of month.

The 21-year-old’s surgically repaired right shoulder still gets fatigued after three consecutive days of two out of three set matches and her doctors aren’t convinced that it’s a good idea to push it in singles during the next two weeks.

Sharapova has won three doubles titles in her career: 2004 Birmingham with Maria Kirilenko, and 2003 titles in Tokyo and Luxembourg with Tamarine Tanasugarn. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)

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7 thoughts on “Maria Sharapova to play doubles only at Indian Wells

  1. Carlos

    I think is a good idea for Sharapova to only play doubles. She can test her shoulder, have fun without the pressure of playing singles, and we the fans get to see her on court, finally.

  2. Seamus

    I am all excited

    interesting to see
    she will just have fun and relax for a bit
    less pressure on shoulder before SEopen!!

  3. Bróna

    At least she will be playing tennis. Its probably better for her to test out her shoulder and see how it will hold up rather than losing in the first round! I really hope that she will play in Miami.

  4. Seamus

    Its offical

    its on her website
    she is playing doubles with vesnina
    so it all adds up in the end i new she would not be flying in los angelas for nothing she is going to test her shoulder to not rush into things then she is going to miami for her main sponsor event!!

  5. therese

    actually, inever played doubles tennis in my whole life , but it is better to maria to come back playing tennis singles slowly….and yet i know that she will come back playing singles again…

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