Even the 31-year-old, who has a shoulder injury, has removed or retired out of out two of those three events she’s played since September’s US Open.
“It has been an issue last year and going into this year,” said the Russian.
“My physician says it’s a daybyday pain management situation.”
She subsequently pulled out of this St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy at the end of January.
“The shoulder injury hasn’t been much of a secret in the last year,” she explained.
“That’s been something I have been struggling with and had to shut the entire year after the US Open.
“[It is ] still not where I want it to be, I am still working through some painful days.
“That’s something which I have had to cope with as I was 21 yrs of age and very at the summit of my career.”