| INDIAN WELLS, California, March 21
INDIAN WELLS, California, March 21 A jaded
Maria Sharapova said she might take another break from the game
after being beaten 6-3 5-7 6-2 by fellow Russian Svetlana
Kuznetsova in the semi-finals of the Pacific Life Open on
The Australian Open champion took a brief holiday earlier
this month after realising she had clocked just under 50,000
miles since the start of the year and jested she might skip
next week's Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
"I'm playing a lot of tennis, been flying a lot," the
20-year-old told reporters after her winning streak of 18
matches this season was ended by Kuznetsova.
"It's pretty much been non-stop with all the tournaments
I've been playing, and Fed Cup as well. It takes a toll on your
body and your mind as well.
"You feel like you have to go out on the court and spend a
lot of emotion and energy out there, and sometimes you just
don't have it for every match."
Sharapova jetted into Israel for the Fed Cup immediately
after her Australian Open triumph in January. After a short
break, she travelled to Doha where she won her 18th WTA title
before having to withdraw from Dubai three weeks ago because of
a viral illness.
Asked when she was planning to take time off, the Russian
world number five replied with a smile: "I don't know, maybe
"I'm going to play it by ear. My body is kind of hurting a
little bit. I just want to be smart about the decisions I make
and that's going to be made after a good night's rest.
"At this point of the year, I can't really be putting any
pressure on myself by saying: "You got to go out there and play
next week. "If I'm not going to be ready, I'm not going to be
ready. No one's forcing me to go out there and play.
"This year is so young and I still have so many big
tournaments ahead of me and so many goals that I want to
achieve," added Sharapova, a winner of three grand slam titles.
"As a 20-year-old, I've got to kind of stand up and make
some mature decisions that will help me throughout my career,
(Editing by Martin Petty)