World No. 3 Maria Sharapova (Player Bio) has revealed that she will be participating in the Brisbane Open in 2014 prior to beginning her bid for the Australian Open. She had previously pulled out of the 2013 Brisbane International before her scheduled first match, citing pain in a collarbone from a practice session. She is yet to ever play a match in the Queensland Tennis Centre.
While the news is yet to be confirmed by tournament officials, it appears Sharapova had answered a fan tweet and mentioned that she would be stopping in Brisbane prior to the Australian Open. This would certainly be intriguing as World No. 1 Serena Williams has already been confirmed for the event. The full entry list will not be released by WTA officials until November 18.
The Russian star has been sidelined from tour since August and has already withdrawn from the WTA championships in Istanbul, citing an injured right shoulder. This is not the first time she has had to deal with shoulder injures as she had had major surgery on that same shoulder nearly five years ago. It appears that she will now be prepared to begin her season at the December 29-January 5 event and will be healthy to compete.