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Maria Sharapova returns to action in Brisbane

/ 02:24 PM December 31, 2019
Maria Sharapova

FILE – Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her match with Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia (unseen) at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi on December 19, 2019. (Photo by – / AFP)

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will open her 2020 campaign in Brisbane after being awarded a wild card by organizers, the five-time major winner announced on Monday.

The 32-year-old Russian hasn’t played since a first round loss to career-long rival Serena Williams at the US Open in August.

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“Hi Brisbane, I have missed you so much and I am so excited to start my season at your tournament and in your city,” Sharapova said in a video message on her Instagram account.

“I’m looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of days.”

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Sharapova has slipped to 133 in the world rankings after a 2019 season plagued by a shoulder injury which limited her to just 15 competitive matches.

She won the Brisbane title in 2015.

This year’s tournament in the Australian city gets underway on Monday.

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