Maria Sharapova opens up on touristy feeling after winning opener at St. Petersburg Open

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 | 0

Maria Sharapova may have not been recognized by one security at the recently-concluded Australian Open. But, that’s certainly not been the case in St. Peterburg.

Playing the home tournament for the first time in her career, the Russian superstar made sure she dons the hat of a tourist to visit famous places like Mariinsky Theatre and State Hermitage Museum among the others.

She has also kept her 3.4 million followers in loop, regularly sharing pictures from her visits.

“I am very pleased to visit St. Petersburg for the first time in my life,” Sharapova was quoted as saying by WTA.

“I honestly wanted to come here, but there was no possibility to come here earlier. I am glad that the Russian people cheered for me.

“I know when I play at home, I am strongly and warmly supported by the fans. For me it means a lot to win a match in homeland after so many years.”

Not that she’s not enjoying herself on court. The 30-year-old got her campaign off to a winning start following a 6-0 6-4 thrashing of Australian Daria Gavrilova on Tuesday.

Sharapova, however, has a tough round up next as she is scheduled to lock horns with countrywoman Daria Gavrilova, the No. 3 seed, on Wednesday.

“The fans know that we are going to fight. I hope we will play a high-quality match, and I hope fans will support both of us,” she said of the 21-year-old.

“She achieved a lot last season, and it’s never easy to play against her. She is showing high quality tennis, and I am pretty sure on Wednesday she will be aiming to show her best.”

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