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Serena, Sharapova to start 2013 season in Brisbane

Published on Sep 13, 2012 12:43 PM
 
Serena Williams (right) of the US shakes hands with Russia's Maria Sharapova (left) after defeating her in the women's singles gold medal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games Aug 4, 2012. Williams and Sharapova will start their 2013 seasons at the Brisbane International, organisers said on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BRISBANE (AFP) - Reigning United States (US) Open and Wimbledon champion Serena Williams and French Open winner Maria Sharapova will start their 2013 seasons at the Brisbane International, organisers said on Thursday.

Williams, who defeated world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka to win the US Open this month for her 15th Grand Slam title, said she was looking forward to being back in Brisbane.

"It helps me prepare. I get a great tournament - tough field," she said of the lead-up event to the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season.

"I had so much fun this year but unfortunately it ended fast for me with the disaster of an injury. I want to do well there (in Brisbane)." The 30-year-old American reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 event but withdrew prior to the match with a left ankle sprain.

 
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