Forget about the drug scandal for a minute, Maria Sharapova has officially missed three Majors in a row. Yes, that is right. She did not play in last year’s US Open, was disqualified from this year’s Australian Open (after reaching the quarterfinal) and did not appear in this year’s French Open. As important as her reputation is, the 29-year-old is battling for her career. (Also see: Maria Sharapova banned for 2 years by International Tennis Federation) Also Read - French Open 2020: Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic Surpassing Roger Federer's Record | WATCH
With the two-year ban and Wimbledon almost upon us, things have only heated up. Remember, Sharapova is no ordinary player. A five-time Major winner and a profile second to none, she is a superstar of the biggest women’s sport. She will have to battle not only against her suspension, but also against time. Also Read - French Open 2020 Final: Chris Evert Calls Out Novak Djokovic For 'Rivalry With Rafael Nadal Biggest in Sport' Comment
The Russian may not have a lot of gas left. Though one never writes off champions, she won her last Major in 2014. Even a more remarkable fact is that from 2003-2014, she only missed three Majors. There is no doubt that she can be back but there will be plenty of demons that she will have to overcome. Also Read - French Open 2020: Novak Djokovic Showers Big Praise on Rafael Nadal After Historic Roland Garros Triumph, Says Today You Showed Why You Are King of Clay
There is a sense of assurance when things are falling right, not when you are in and out of courts (not the tennis kind). This year is on the peak as far as Majors are concerned. Before we know, Wimbledon and US Open will unfold and get over. Sharapova may get a clear answer on her future only after the US Open.
That may be a little late in the day but one will think that she will be relived if she can begin 2017 fresh. Time will define if that happens or not. There has been a consistent wait for these matters to take a turn and the Russian will be hoping that she does not get caught against time. (Video: Tennis Now)