Sharapova to return in July for World Team Tennis matches
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 23, 2017 01:41 PM
Russia's Maria Sharapova enters the court for her match against Italy's Roberta Vinci at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Maria Sharapova will return to competitive tennis in July for two World Team Tennis matches.
Sharapova recently returned to the WTA Tour after a 15-month doping ban. She is skipping Wimbledon because of an injured left thigh that prevented her from competing in qualifiers.
Sharapova plans to play for the Orange County Breakers — a team she has played for seven years — on July 16 and July 24.
Sharapova had originally planned to return for a hard court tournament in Stanford, California, on July 31.
The five-time major champion is ranked 179th in the world.