Sharapova hinted that she might need to take some time out after her quarter-final defeat to Garbine Muguruza at the French Open, depsite insisting she was “fairly healthy”.
“Ithink my body will need a little bit of rest, but, yeah, mentally I’m ready to go,” Sharapova said in Paris.
“You can look at today and, you know, although I don’t want to erase it completely, there are a lot of things that I need to look at and face and work towards after this match.
“But when I’m talking about progression or looking back at the weeks, I think there are a lot of good things like the way my body has handled the long matches that I have played, the back-to-backs.
“Looking at Madrid, Rome, I think that’s always one of the toughest back-to-backs on the calendar, especially on a surface like clay. So to come out of these weeks and feel fairly healthy is a great thing.”
But now it appears her recovery has not gone as well as planned, having decided not to play in the Birmingham tournament which starts this weekend.
Sharapova’s decision also flies in the face of an agreement with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), who awarded her a wildcard on the condition she entered into a two-year deal to play the tournament in 2017 and 2018 – but the Russian will now not have played in either year.
More to follow.