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Maria Sharapova to skip the beginning of 2012

Maria Sharapova has still not recovered 100% from her ankle injury sustained at the Tokyo tournament in the end of September and the latest news is that the Russian will not play the Brisbane International starting January 1 in Australia.

However, Sharapova reassured us that the injury will keep her off the courts for long and she is expected to play at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open which starts two weeks later.

After the injury occurred, the 24-year-old did show up at the WTA Championships in October, but lost both her matches – to Samantha Stosur (for the first time in ten meetings!) and Li Na. (photo: Fiji Water, source: Tennis.com)

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