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Sharpova keeps expectations low

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:35

The Russian is battling her way back from a nine-month lay-off with a shoulder injury, which saw her tumble outside of the top 100 in the world rankings at one stage.

“To be here is already an accomplishment in itself, because when I look back to where I was 10 or 11 months ago, or even three months ago, I’m definitely blessed to be here,” she said.

“I think every single tournament right now is still a test and for me it’s almost like the beginning of the season, whereas for many players it’s already the second half of the season.

“I’m still testing out where my game is, where my body is, where my shoulder is.

“I think it’s a little too soon to put (winning) in my mind. I certainly know that I’m capable of it, and if I do the right things and I play the right way there’s always a little bit of luck involved, as well.

“But I will take it one match at a time. This is definitely a time in my career where I can’t look into possible third round, fourth round, semis, whatever it is.”

Sharapova will face Viktoriya Kutuzova of Ukraine in her opening-round fixture.

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