Maria Sharapova, who is still rehabbing her balky shoulder, isn't set to return until January in Hong Kong. But she's not just sitting pretty.
The Russian fashionista used some of this free time to visit New York Fashion Week and also to shoot a special Sony Ericsson promotion in the current British Hello! magazine. Shrieka discusses her career and family, relationships, and the injury which forced her to shutter her 2008 season early:
Maria, it must have come as something of a shock to discover that you'd been playiong with an undiagnosed tear in you shoulder...Ever the wannabe model, Shrieka worked it for the camera as well. Check it:
I had an MRI scan in April because I was starting to feel it again, but they said it didn't show much apart from inflammation. After a while, though, the pain was still there.
How did the experts miss it?
Good question. I've bascially been playing with a torn rotator cuff for maybe seven or eight months.
It must have affected your game...
Obviously, it it always on your mind. You are always trying to compete at the highest level, and when you're told it's a little inflammation, you think it's not that bad, but then when you find out how bad it it, it becomes a concern and you're afraid of making it worse.
(images via mariasharapova.com)