Sharapova hinted that a disagreement with Groeneveld over playing in Indian Wells last month had been behind their split.
“I felt it wasn’t maybe a match that I needed to go and play because I wasn’t physically ready,” she said.
Remember all the fuss when the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix granted Maria Sharapova a wild card here last year on her return to competition after serving a 15-month ban for a drugs offence?
Another injury, this time to her left arm, forced Sharapova out of build-up events before the US Open, though she enjoyed a good run at Flushing Meadows, where she beat Simona Halep, then the world No 2, before losing in the fourth round to Anastasija Sevastova.In October she won her first title for more than two years in a minor event in China. After withdrawing from last month’s Miami Open because of more problems with her arm she parted company with Sven Groeneveld, her coach for the last four years, and re-hired Thomas Hogstedt.It’s always great when you’re playing matches and winning matches, but then maybe at a certain point you need to let your body rest.“I want that matchplay, but obviously coming off of losing a match like this doesn’t necessarily give you those matches for the next 10 or 11 days until the beginning of Madrid, so that’s always a little bit of a tricky situation.I think [I need] to listen to my body a little bit better, maybe not go into matchplay when I’m just not ready and not be so stubborn.” Barring injuries, Sharapova will play in Britain for the first time for three years this summer.
She is already included in the field for the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston, where she last played in 2010.Having 34 singles and five Grand Slam titles under her name including Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open and two French Open, she has been ranked world No. Despite of facing continuous injuries throughout her career, Sharapova has still managed to earn a rare level of longevity in the sports.In addition to her highly successful tennis career, Maria Sharapove has also worked on several modeling assignments and has earned admiration for her beauty and style from millions of fans around the globe.She now has been dating Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov since late 2012.Maria Sharapova enjoyed some time off after her third round Australian Open straight sets loss to Angelique Kerber.Named among the most marketable female athletes in the world, she has also signed endorsement deals with a number of international brands.