Maria Sharapova: Will the Women's Tennis Star Win Another Grand Slam?
Maria Sharapova Has Gone Through a Grand Slam Drought, But Can She Recover?
It has been a long time since Maria Sharapova has won a singles tournament on the biggest stages in tennis.
In fact, the last time Sharapova won a Grand Slam event, it was the 2008 Australian Open. Since then, she has dealt with injuries and it has really hurt her progress in terms of getting deep into these events. She hasn't reached the quarterfinals of one since 2009.
However, as Sharapova's health improved, so has her play, and she's consistently started to show better form in these slams and got to the fourth round of the Australian Open. While she has never won the French Open, I'm going to be keeping a keen eye on Sharapova to see what type of progress she has been making.
I don't expect her to win the tournament, but I do expect to see improvement in her game. It's not easy to come back from injuries, especially ones to the shoulder, and find the same type of form that allowed you to be a three-time Grand Slam winner. We've seen that as she's had some pretty high-profile struggles in major tournaments.
We're talking about a first-round defeat at the 2010 Australian Open, which was rock bottom as far as Sharapova's concerned. Since then, she's at least reached the third round, which isn't great, but it's progress at this point.
It has been a long road back for Sharapova, and the light is at the end of the tunnel. Now she just has to seize the moment and continue to build her way back up towards the top of the women's draw.
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