STANFORD, CA, USA - Former finalist Maria Sharapova opened up to the media at the Bank of the West Classic on Monday, as she returns to the WTA this week following a leg injury she suffered during the Italian Open in Rome.
Sharapova conceded that the injury was 'tougher than [she] thought,' and was forced to miss a total of eight weeks on the calendar - including the entire grass court season and the year's third Grand Slam at Wimbledon.
A wildcard into the field in Stanford, Sharapova is currently ranked World No.171.
She added: "When it comes to injury, it's always just putting in the hours... and understanding that next week might not go according to plan. I have quite a long summer ahead of me and a lot of tournaments to compete at, so I'm just happy to get back at it."
Sharapova opens her Bank of the West Classic campaign against American Jennifer Brady as the first match on Center Court in Monday's night session.