I am very very sad to report that I am just not ready to compete at the level required to win a Grand Slam. I have been working very hard over the past few weeks and my shoulder is doing great, but there is way more preparation and training needed to compete to win my fourth grand slam and I have just ran out of time.
Sharapova, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has not played since Montreal in August because of a shoulder injury, and missed both the Olympics and the US Open.
The Russian dominated last year’s Australian Open and did not drop a set on her way to taking the title, which she won by beating Ana Ivanovic in the final.
It’s too bad she can’t defend her title – but it should be interesting to see who steps up to take this year’s crown.