Sharapova to begin 2020 season in Brisbane

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Former world No. 1, Maria Sharapova will start off her 2020 season at the Brisbane International after taking a wildcard into the WTA Premier tournament.

Sharapova will compete in Brisbane for the first time since 2015, when she defeated Ana Ivanovic to claim her solitary title at the event.

“Brisbane, I’ve missed you, and I’m so excited to be starting off my year 2020 at your tournament, in your city”, the Russian said on Social Media.

“I’ve missed the fans, I’ve missed the event so much, and I am so looking forward to seeing everyone.”

The Brisbane International will be Sharapova’s first tournament since the 2019 US Open, where she suffered a first-round exit at the hands of Serena Williams. The five-time Grand Slam champion endured an injury-hit 2019, playing just 8 tournaments and limping to an 8-7 record.

The 32-year-old underwent shoulder surgery in February, missing the next four months as a result. The same problem forced her to end her season after the US Open.

Sharapova joins a star-studded field in Brisbane, with world No. 1, Ashleigh Barty, Australian Open champion, Naomi Osaka, and former champions, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova, who claimed a second title at the tournament last season, all featuring. Also present are multiple major winners, Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber, and top-ten star, Kiki Bertens.

The 2020 Brisbane International is live from the Queensland Tennis Centre from 6-12 January.