Maria Sharapova occasionally pops up on my TV screen to sell me digital cameras in ads where she's constantly upstaged by a small dog who thinks in the most stereotypical French accent ever. But the 21-year-old former number one hasn't popped up on my TV screen in any important tennis matches since the 2008 Australian Open. She's been plagued by injuries, a series of events that began when she withdrew from Miami last year. Currently, she's ranked a humbling number 30.
So far this year, she has played only doubles at Indian Wells, and was eliminated in the first round. It is kind of a sad thing to watch, and her comeback won't be staged in Miami, as previously hoped. She has withdrawn, citing continued problems with her shoulder.
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