Sharapova targeting return to the top

Incredibly, Sharapova is already one of the favourites to win the French Open. Fortunately, the WTA uploaded a video of the incident to its Facebook page for all to see.

If Sharapova fails to reach the semi-finals in Rome, the Wimbledon Championships wildcard committee, which meets on June 20, would have to decide whether to fast-track her into the main draw or let her take her chances in qualifying. The fact that I’m back and playing three weeks in a row now and three events in a row for me is a big deal.

When told by The Times that she had qualified for Wimbledon qualifying after earning enough ranking points to be within the cut on May 29, Sharapova replied: “Will I?”

“I won’t be following it live”.

Former world No.1 Maria Sharapova says she is not looking too far ahead after returning from a doping suspension but concedes she is eager to be competing for the biggest titles in tennis again.

She made a slow start against American McHale, ranked 58th, at the Foro Italico, dropping serve three times before edging through the first set and dominating the second.

“Ill be focused on my match, Im playing tomorrow.

Sharapova came from a set down to beat Lucic-Baroni in Madrid nine days ago and initially looked set to repeat the trick in Romewhere she has tasted success on three occasions in the last six years.

The Italian Open organizers were criticized for giving a wild card to Sharapova instead of former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, an Italian. The qualifying tournament is held the week before in the quaint surroundings of Roehampton – potentially creating a security headache if Sharapova plays.

In the ATP mens first round, ninth seed David Goffin beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4 and American Sam Querrey upset French 11th seed Lucas Pouille 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (10-8).

While Stosur stumbled on her preferred surface there were no issues for Maria Sharapova. Serving to stay in the set, McHale was unable to fend off the tough challenge of Sharapova and crumbled under pressure as the Russian sealed the first set 6-4 after 54 minutes of play. A bagel set looked to be coming our way when Sharapova earned four break points in the fourth game, looking very comfortable in her game and with the conditions after the slow start.