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Maria Sharapova returns to action in Brisbane

Sharapova won the Brisbane title in 2015.

AFP | Paris |

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will open her 2020 campaign in Brisbane after being awarded a wild card by organisers, the five-time major winner announced.

The 32-year-old Russian hasn’t played since a first-round loss to career-long rival Serena Williams at the US Open in August.

“Hi Brisbane, I have missed you so much and I am so excited to start my season at your tournament and in your city,” Sharapova said in a video message on her Instagram account.

“I’m looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of days.” Sharapova has slipped to 133 in the world rankings after a 2019 season plagued by a shoulder injury which limited her to just 15 competitive matches.

She won the Brisbane title in 2015.

This year’s tournament in the Australian city gets underway on Monday.