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Maria Sharapova is hoping that she will be able to return to the tour next week in what will be her first tournament since the US Open.

I’m back on track now,” Sharapova said. “I’m doing all the right things, but I might need a little more time. I might play next week.

I’ll test the shoulder with a couple of practice sets. “I’m not in a rush. The main goal is to get healthy, put in the work and play a good schedule in 2020. I want to work my way into 2020 and be healthy.”

The five-time grand slam champion has been hampered by a shoulder injury throughout 2019. In February she underwent minor surgery during her four-month absence from the tour. Since the surgery, Sharapova has only been able to play in five WTA events.

Out of seven matches played, she scored just two victories over Viktoria Kuzmova in Mallorca and Alison Riske in Cincinnati.

Despite her injury-stricken season, Sharapova is hoping to return to the court next week at the Luxembourg Open. A tournament she hasn't participated in since 2003 when she lost in the semi-finals to Kim Clijsters. Although her prime focus in on a full comeback next year.

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