The Straits Times
Published on Dec 27, 2012

Sharapova to play in Brisbane despite neck injury


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Maria Sharapova has assured organisers of the Brisbane International tennis event that she will start her Australian Open preparations at the tournament despite her withdrawal from a South Korean exhibition this week with a neck injury.

The No.2-ranked Sharapova was scheduled to play Caroline Wozniacki in Seoul on Friday, but pulled out on Wednesday with a strained neck muscle and later apologised to her South Korean fans on Facebook.

Brisbane tournament director Camerson Pearson said on Thursday that Sharapova's manager had contacted him and said the four-time Grand Slam singles winner and reigning French Open champion would arrive in Brisbane on Friday, two days earlier than planned.

Serena Williams is also among the entries in Brisbane.