Sharapova to participate in 2011 Brisbane International in Australia

09:58, July 13, 2011      

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The 2011 Wimbledon finalist and three times grand slam winner, Maria Sharapova on Tuesday confirmed to participate in the 2011 Brisbane International tennis tournament in Australia.

The world No.5, Maria Sharapova for the first time in her career has decided to start the next season with Brisbane Open 2012, her first ever professional visit to Brisbane, a Queensland City in Australia.

"I have never been to Brisbane before and coming into the Australian Open I felt like Brisbane would be a good place for me to start the year," the Russian star told The Australian newspaper on Tuesday.

"It is the first tournament of the year and it's kind of where you see where your game is and how good your off-season has been and so you try and get in as many matches as you can before the Australian Open."

Brisbane Open tournament director Cameron Pearson said the organizer is hoping Sharapova will be one of many of the world's top female players contesting the event.

"It is a great first signing for Brisbane International 2012," tournament director Cameron Pearson said.

The Brisbane International has been running since 2009 with world-class talent including Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Robin Soderling, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic and Justine Henin attending over the past three years.

Prize-money for the tour event will rise to 1.1 million U.S. dollars in 2012.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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