In Mallorca this week, Maria Sharapova gave one of her first tournament interviews since January. The Russian is finally healthy and back on court after undergoing right shoulder surgery.
Though a former Wimbledon champion, she's realistic about her expectations given she's played just one grass-court match since 2015. She lost to Vitalia Dyachenko in the first round of Wimbledon last year.
"I haven't had a lot of matches, and I got to Mallorca a little early," Sharapova said. "I got on the grass as soon as I could. It's been nice. This will be a really good test for me."
Sharapova has been enjoying the Spanish island for more than 10 days already.
She admitted that one of the greater challenges of dealing with an injury is maintaining match-level fitness.
"Sometimes when you're rehabbing an injury, I always think it's twice the work," the 32-year-old said. "You have to stay in shape and when you're playing tennis it's relatively easier. I love to eat so you have to make sure you find a way to stay in shape which is never easy.
The five-time Grand Slam champion found creative ways to mix food and exercise by hiking to dinner in the Tramuntana mountains.
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Sharaopva is ranked No. 86 and opens against Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova.