Maria Sharapova will head into 2014 hoping to regain her early form of this past season.
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Maria Sharapova recently returned to the practice courts ... and has done so with a new coach in tow.
The 26-year-old superstar announced last week that she's now employing the extremely reputable Sven Groeneveld as her new mentor, as the tall Russian looks forward to returning next season after missing basically the last three months of the 2013 WTA campaign while being shelved with shoulder bursitis and a hip injury.
Following a stunning second-round loss against 131st-ranked 20-year-old swashbuckling Portuguese Michelle Larcher de Brito at Wimbledon in late-June, Maria played in only one event in the second half of the year -- the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in mid-August -- where she also suffered a second- round loss, this time at the hands of promising American Sloane Stephens.