The Russian coach Boris Sobkin believes that Maria Sharapova's off-court pursuits might affect the Russian participant's general performances. In an interview, as quoted by Championat, Sobkin stated: 'Masha now’s at a look: her ideas are on private and sports activities life. And when a participant has a variety of ideas in her life, it doesn’t assist the sport. Throughout matches she is totally centered on the sport, regardless of about it. However when you look nearer, tennis don’t flip across the recreation however they keep and so they have an affect.'
Sharapova defeated Caroline Wozniacki within the Australian Open earlier than shedding to Ashleigh Barty within the fourth spherical. On Danielle Collins defeating the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 5-7 6-1 within the quarter-finals, Sobkin added: 'She has at all times been one of many prime 20 ranked gamers, so she reaching the quarter-finals just isn’t a shock. Saying that giving the match to Collins just isn’t true. She began enjoying from the start of the second set. The longer the match turned, the larger likelihood is to play higher not the precise set however the entire match.'
After her win over Rebecca Peterson within the second spherical, Sharapova was requested what's her standard bedtime: "10:30. Like in mattress at 10:00, sleep by 10:30. My boyfriend challenges it rather a lot, however 10:30 is my time. It's not simple to begin one match at 11 a.m., then 48 hours later, somewhat bit extra, to begin one which's simply earlier than midnight. Simply all these issues, they're about changes', she concluded.