Sharapova 'Excited' to Return to Tennis
Grand Slam champion will join Elena Vesnina for doubles
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 12:53 PM CDT
This is a May 31, 2008, file photo showing Russia's Maria Sharapova returning the ball to Italy's Karin Knapp at Roland Garros stadium in Paris.   (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
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(Newser) – Maria Sharapova has recovered from an acute shoulder injury that sidelined her for six months and is returning to tennis this week, CNN reports. Sharapova will play doubles with Elena Vesnina at the ATP-WTA tournament this week in Indian Wells. "I am excited to be playing competitive tennis again," Sharapova said. "The healing process requires things to move more slowly than I would like, but I am taking things one step at a time."