Maria Sharapova has confirmed she will make her return from injury at next week’s Mallorca Open. The 32-year-old has been side-lined since February due to a shoulder problem, which she is believed to have been carrying since 2008. After spending over three months out, AFP reported that the Russian star confirmed her return in a statement.
"I'm so happy to be able to announce that I'm going to accept a wildcard into the Mallorca Open," Sharapova said in a statement. "I want to thank the tournament for the opportunity it's given me and for my incredible fans who have been supporting me these past months."
Sharapova has struggled with injury problems ever since returning from her 15-month doping ban in 2017. The five-time Grand Slam winner stills maintains her innocence in the case on which some of her fellow pros have called her out.
The Mallorca Open also released a statement confirming that Sharapova had accepted their wildcard offer. "After more than a week testing in Mallorca, Maria Sharapova has decided to accept the wildcard offered by the Mallorca Open."
Sharapova has not played since she withdrew from the St Petersburg open in her home country Russia, in January, due to injury. She was beaten by eventual French Open winner, Ashleigh Barty, in the Round of 16 of the Australian Open earlier that month.
Sharapova will be hoping to show that she can still compete with the new generation of female tennis stars that have emerged in the last few years.