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Sharapova makes no promises over Brisbane

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BRISBANE: Having pulled out of the Brisbane International tournament through injury for the last two years, Maria Sharapova might consider it a victory in itself if she actually gets out on court at the Pat Rafter arena on Monday.
The tournament is perhaps more important to the Russian world number four as a warm-up for the Australian Open this year as she is on the comeback trail after four months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
At least she made it to Brisbane this year, something which an ankle injury prevented her from doing in 2012, but she was giving no guarantees that she would be quickly back to the form that has won her four grand slam titles.
“I want to bring the work I’ve done in the off-season, try to bring that onto the court as soon as I can. Will that happen this week? I don’t know,” she told reporters on Sunday.
“I know that if I have the effort I had in the off-season I’ll be at a level I want to be.”
Sharapova plays France’s Caroline Garcia in the first round on Monday evening, her first match since the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati in August and her first under new coach Sven Groeneveld.
The 26-year-old recruited Groeneveld in November, ending a period without a coach after she dispensed with Thomas Hogstedt, who had been working with her for two-and-a-half years, and Jimmy Connors, who lasted a month, in quick succession.
Meanwhile, Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has pulled out of the tournament because of an injured right shoulder.
Organisers said Wozniacki still hoped to take part in next week’s Sydney International. (Reuters)

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