Maria Sharapova: You can write me off, but I believe in my ability

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Maria Sharapova

If you thought Maria Sharapova was going to throw in the towel after her demoralising defeat at the hands of Serena Williams at the US Open, then you are wide off the mark.

Five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova has struggled with her form and injuries this year as she missed the missed nearly five months of action after being forced to undergo a small procedure on her shoulder.

Coming up against Williams in the first round of a major was never going to be easy as the 23-time Grand Slam winner went into the match with a 19-2 head-to-head advantage.

That became 20-2 as the American won 6-1, 6-1 in a match that barely lasted an hour.

Naturally it raised questions about the 32-year-old Russian’s future in the sport, but she is not ready to quit just yet.

“I don’t think of it as setback or traction,” she is quoted as saying by Metro.co.uk. “I have to keep going. There’s no other way. There’s no easy road about it. I can phrase it in so many different ways and terms, but I still have to go out and I have to do it.

“Bottom line is I believe in my ability. You can write me off. There are many people that can write me off, especially after going down 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the US Open. As long as it’s not the person that’s inside of you, you’ll be okay.”

Sharapova admits the past few months have not been easy following shoulder injury, but she is far from discouraged as she still has the desire to continue playing at the highest level.

“Sport is very much result-oriented. There’s stories behind the results. There’s phases you have to get through in order to get to where you want to go,” she added.

“This is a very different chapter in my career. It’s not an easy road. It’s never been. But I went through a shoulder procedure about four months ago.

“To find myself playing at a night match at the US Open with people excited about the matchup, it’s a pretty big deal. I’m fortunate to be a part of that.

“It’s easy to be discouraged after a match like this. But if I’m personally discouraged, I wake up tomorrow, I don’t feel like I want to go out, train, be better, that’s more discouraging than the result.”

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