Google Down the Line!: (UPDATED) Shrieka to reportedly play doubles only at Indian Wells with Vesnina

Saturday, March 7, 2009

(UPDATED) Shrieka to reportedly play doubles only at Indian Wells with Vesnina

Maria Sharapova was rumored to be skipping Indian Wells yesterday due to her balky right shoulder but, apparently, that was only half true.

The injured Russian will reportedly only be competing in doubles play at the PNB Paribas Open, according to Matt Cronin over at

Three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has decided not to play singles at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells next week, but will play doubles with Elena Vesnina at the March 9-22 event in California, has learned.

Even though Sharapova has been practicing daily at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida for the past seven weeks, her surgically repaired right shoulder still gets fatigued after three consecutive days of two out of three set matches and her doctors aren’t convinced that it’s a good idea to push it in singles during the next two weeks.

But if all goes to plan, the L.A. resident will play singles in Miami at the end of the month. Sharapova underwent surgery last October, and hasn’t played since the Canadian Open in early August.

The 21-year-old hasn’t played doubles since mid-2005, but does own three career doubles titles, taking 2004 Birmingham with Maria Kirilenko, and 2003 titles in Tokyo and Luxembourg with Tamarine Tanasugarn. She’s never played with fellow Russian Vesnina. She’s said to be itching to get back into action and thinks that being around the other players – as well as hitting with some of them -- will help ease her transition back on to tour.

The former No. 1’s ranking has dropped to No. 23 and she will drop semifinal points at Indian Wells, the same locale where she first re-injured her shoulder last year in the third round against Alona Bondarenko.

It's been a slow go for Shrieka but at least she's getting back. Her camp, though, still has not released a official statement about the situation. Can we expect a new "Weekly Doodle" in our future?

UPDATE: Well, it's not exactly her "Weekly Doodle" but her website is confirming the news...

Maria will be making her comeback from her shoulder injury at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells which begins on March 11th. Maria will not compete in the singles competition, but will compete in the doubles tournament with Elena Vesnina. Maria has never played with Vesnina before and this is Maria's 1st doubles tournament in nearly 4 years.

"I am excited to be playing competitive tennis again," said Maria. "The healing process takes time, and requires things to move more slowly than I would like, but I am taking things one step at a time. I look forward to playing at the BNP Paribas Open, it is definitely one of my favorite tournaments in the world."

"We are very glad that Maria will be competing at the BNP Paribas Open," said tournament director Steve Simon. "It is great to see her healthy and back on the court. The game has missed her and we wish her the best of luck and hope she has a great tournament."

Color me happy!

(image via getty)


  1. I'm not really familiar with all the rules but is it possible to withdraw from singles and than still play doubles? If not than I don't see maria playing IW, unless the WTA is going to bend the rules for her.

    I hope she plays, it would be good to see her back on court again and IW would get more attention, maria can bring more casual fans to watch since the williamses are not playing IW.

  2. Ok never mind, she confirmed it on her website. It's official Masha is going to play doubles :D so excited, hopefully she won't withdraw lol.

  3. It's great to finally have her back!

    If only the TV stations would cover the doubles matches...

    Hell, if the coverage is as "great" as last year, we will be lucky to even see some singles matches!

  4. I guess things have progressed
    "more slowly than [she] would like" because of her great decision to water ski at summer camp.

  5. actually... if you look carefully on her webside you may see that those pictures were taken a while before montreal and the injuri....she actually mentioned in a doodle that pictures of stuff will be provided - so you'e just unfair

  6. maja: I have a sneaking suspicion they'll cover it this time because Shrieka's playing - for how long we'll see!

    anon 5:16 - I don't actually believe the water skiing has anything to do with the severity of the injury. But, if I recall correctly, she was water skiing in Arizona during her time there rehabbing. It wasn't the smartest thing to do at the time for sure.

  7. Anon 5:16 this is Anon 5:11. I was being sarcastic. I was poking fun (hence my reference to summer camp.)I wasn't dishing out judgement.

  8. I can't stand her and I even miss her. It's horrible when an injury puts an athlete's career in danger. I hate to admit it, but the tour needs her.

  9. I hope we get some coverage of her match/matches and hopefully they will play some matches on show courts. Its just great for tennis to have Maria back she brings a real box office feel to all the events she plays and brings casual fans to tennis events. I cant wait to see her outfit.

  10. For once a tennis player is actually being smart and taking the slowly slowly approach and not buggering it up and being out for another year. Thank god for Maria it will be so good to have her back.


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