Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Forget Paris

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from Paris Indoors, citing her shoulder injury. When are the pundits going to start questioning her commitment to the sport? I won't hold my breath.

7 comments:

Savannah said...

She's withdrawn from Dubai as well. That won't be official until sometime next week.;)

Craig Hickman said...

Forget Dubai, too, then. ;)

Beth said...

Isn't a shoulder injury something that can take very long to heal? I had what the ortho thought was a very small tear and it took almost 12 months for it to completely resolve. And I doubt it was anywhere near as 'major' as the problem Maria is having. She is young and likely just not trying to overplay and re-injure herself?? That being said, I certainly don't miss hearing her shrieking on the courts!

Craig Hickman said...

Yes, Beth. I'm not really questioning her injury, but when other players have struggled with chronic injuries, we couldn't hear enough about how awful they were for not taking their tennis seriously and committing to the sport and playing in every single event they had signed up for in the hopes they'd be healed enough to play them but had to withdraw instead.

Beth said...

You're right Craig....true. I guess I misunderstood the post (I think I'm still tired from too many 3:30 am AO matches!). You're right that the commentators definitely jump on 'committment' issues at the slightest sign of a player struggling.....

tangerine said...

I'm sure people would criticize Maria's commitment more if photos of her boogie boarding showed up after she withdrew from a tournament because of injury.

b said...

Beth, from what Maria stated I believe the shoulder *is* healed and the issue is that she is not match-fit as she was not able to do much while in recovery.

Personally I don't believe she is in all that much of a hurry to come back. Also read elsewhere that she fired her dad as coach and is having struggles w- her management - which would also explain delays.

Good for her if she's trying to keep her dad at length, find some independence.

I don't miss her on tour - mostly because of how the draws are skewed for her - ruining the competition. However I hope she is enjoying herself (believe so) and taking a deserved rest from the circuit.

Craig, agreed....