Melbourne - Russia's Maria Sharapova crushed British 22-year-old Harriet
Dart 6-0, 6-0 in Round 1 of the Australian Open on Monday - and post-match revealed she is struggling with chronic pain in her
"Yeah, obviously the
shoulder hasn't been, you know, much of a secret in the past year."
"That's been something I
have been struggling with and had to shut down he season after the US
Sharapova is not sure whether
the pain is ever going to go away.
She recently consulted her doctor about this very issue.
"I have asked Dr Altchek
that many times. I saw him beginning of December, and he says it's a day-by-day
pain management situation."
Sharapova was very blunt in
response to a question regarding whether she felt any empathy seeing her opponent in tears
and very emotional after the match.
"I mean, there is no time
for that I'm sorry to say."
Sharapova certainly means
business this year.
"So I'm not worried about
my opponent, but I have step up when the time is right."
As ruthless as Sharapova was in
despatching of Dart on - and off - the court, she still managed a modicum of
self-deprecation and humour when asked about her mixed doubles record.
"Because let me tell you,
none of my doubles are memorable."
"It's like something we
all should forget about."
"But I do have 3 titles.
They actually mentioned it today in the introductions."
"I was, like, okay, that's
something we can skip. Like, let's not waste our time."
Sharapova has often been
perceived as being a little on the aloof side regarding her interactions with
She all but confirmed this view
"I don't spend much time
in the locker room. I'm sure you've heard that before."
Sharapova was ruthless in Monday's first round.
She may need more of this trait as the tournament progresses as she is
scheduled to meet defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the third round, should she get past Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in Round 2.