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Sharapova, Williams mean business in Brisbane

Sharapova, Serena Willilams get back to business in Brisbane, preparing for Australian Open

Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with a koala bear named Tinkerbell before the start of the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Au...
Maria Sharapova of Russia speaks during a press conference before the start of the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Su...
Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm plays a shot in her match against Olivia Rogowska of Australia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament Sunday, D...
Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks during a press conference ahead of the Brisbane International tennis tournament  in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, De...

Australia Brisbane International Tennis

Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with a koala bear named Tinkerbell before the start of the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Au...

Australia Brisbane International Tennis

Maria Sharapova of Russia speaks during a press conference before the start of the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Su...

Australia Brisbane International Tennis

Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm plays a shot in her match against Olivia Rogowska of Australia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament Sunday, D...

Australia Brisbane International Tennis

Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks during a press conference ahead of the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, De...

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- After pulling out of the Brisbane International with injuries in recent seasons, Maria Sharapova is aiming to use the season-opening tournament this time as a springboard for her comeback and to see how her new support crew works in competition.

Sharapova has only played one match since an early exit at Wimbledon due to a right shoulder injury and has spent months working with her new coach Sven Groeneveld. She arrived in Australia to prepare for the first major of the season with her boyfriend and fellow professional Grigor Dimitrov, who returns after losing the final here to Andy Murray last season.

Serena Williams won the last Brisbane title and is back to defend, hoping she hasn't lost any of the momentum from a stunning 2013 season when she won 11 titles.


Updated : 2021-01-26 14:51 GMT+08:00