Skooter reports 01/13/13
For the second year in a row,was denied a proper buildup to the Australian Open. She has taken out her injury frustrations instead on some of the host country's most promising young male tennis players, just a couple of them.
For the 10th time next week, the highest-paid female athlete on Earth will fall in line in Melbourne, convinced she has beat the neck problem that ruled her out of the Brisbane International earlier this month.
Sharapova, the world No. 2, who was held back by an ankle injury before going on to lose last year's final, will face 105th-ranked fellow Russian Olga Puchkova in her opening match. By the way she told reporters on Saturday that she had earlier presented the global launch of her new candy line "Sugarpova."
Sharopova said that for her she’d rather be going on to the court knowing that she’s healthy. She might be a little bit rusty, but she'll work her way through it. She’s experienced enough to know the adjustments she has to make in those types of circumstances. She went to Brisbane. She certainly would have loved to step on court and play those matches.
As an alternative, the 25-year-old, who won the season's opening grand slam in 2008, got into shape with matches against male opposition. She thought one of them got a wildcard in the main draw, Sharapova said. And that one of them was really on top and then she got really mad. She thought he had eight set-points and she ended up winning the set, she said.
Sharapova added that she’s not going to tell who it was, she was too embarrassed and thought the guy couldn’t sleep well after the match
There was another guy, but this time she named the player as Luke Saville, but they didn’t actually finish. She said the set took too long.
Meanwhile, defending championand third-ranked will be among Sharapova's foremost opposition as she pursues her quest to win her fifth grand slam title, having completed the set at last year's French Open.
Williams will start against 106th-ranked Romanian Edina Gallovits-Hall and Azarenka will play 54th-ranked Romanian Monica Niculescu.