Maria Sharapova outlines plan to compete at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Russian former world No 1 has added tournament to her official schedule but there is no confirmation from organisers yet.
Maria Sharapova could be set for a return to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after the tournament was added to the former world No 1's schedule on her official website.
Sharapova, 30, has been handed a wildcard for the Qatar Open - the event that immediately precedes the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - and the Russian could be joining the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, and Karolina Pliskova in making the short trip across to the UAE. The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships will begin on February 19.
Sharapova, ranked No 41, will need to be offered a wildcard from the Dubai organisers and while there has been no official confirmation of her participation, the presence of the tournament on her official website suggests the five-time grand slam champion at least intends to compete at the event.
Sharapova, who returned from a 15-month doping suspension last April, has played the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on one previous occasion, reaching the final of the 2006 tournament as an 18-year-old before losing to Justine Henin.
Sharapova's most recent outing was at the Australian Open where she lost in the third round to eventual semi-finalist Angelique Kerber, who is among the players confirmed for Dubai next month. The Russian began her season at the Shenzhen Open, reaching the semi-finals.
Updated: January 30, 2018 12:53 PM