Melbourne: Russian star Maria Sharapova on Monday revealed she was struggling with a hip injury but refused to blame it for her shock loss at the Australian Open and insisted she will bounce back. The four-time major-winner was knocked out in the fourth round by Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, the second upset in as many days after world number one Serena Williams was sent packing.
Third seed Sharapova took a medical timeout between the second and third sets and she said her left hip was troubling her after two tough matches earlier in the tournament. "I have a bit of a strain the trainer told me in the hip area," said the Russian, who only came back from a shoulder injury at the Brisbane International this month.
"I mean, those aches and pains are expected when you spend a long time on the court. You just have to play through it."