London, April 19 (CNMSports) - Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova said that she planned to play in the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, England, to prepare for the grass courts of Wimbledon.
"I'm excited to return to play the Nature Valley Classic. I feel like the fans in Birmingham and I go back a long way and I've got a lot of good memories of playing there," Sharapova said on Wednesday, reports EFE news agency.
The 30-year-old Sharapova, who has won five Grand Slam titles, had to pull out of Birmingham last year due to an injury.
"It's going to feel really good to be back out there playing again," Sharapova, who beat American Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2004 for her first major title when she was only 17, said.