Maria Sharapova Makes Triumphant Return to the Courts

Maria Sharapova is back on the courts. And it shows. There is much more media attention after she made a triumphant return. Well it’s not really triumphant just yet. She hasn’t won a tournament yet and watching her play, you notice that she still lacks rythm and routine in her game. However the talent is still there and I am sure she will be back in the top 10 where she belongs.

Though things aren’t going as smoothly as I wish judging by her performance versus Nadia Petrova. In a three set match she eventually managed to beat the Russian in the third set with 8-6.

“Obviously I am spending a little bit more time out there than I want to, but I think I’m learning so many new things, as well,” Sharapova said. “I think this was a great match where I had to fight my way through many, many challenges. And I did.”

“I got off to a really good start,” Sharapova said. “I kind of started stumbling away. Things went in the wrong direction. I was just glad I could pick myself up and keep fighting and do the right things, and end the match with a win.”

And I hope she will keep winning. My prediction however is that she will make it through the first week but will not win the French Open this year. I think that the title this year will go to Dinara Safina.

In the meantime enjoy the photos of her French Open 2009 campaign and let’s see if she makes it through the first week.