Maria Sharapova on Saturday revealed how she had been taking out her frustrations on Australian boys after injury curtailed her build-up to the Australian Open.

The former winner, and last year’s runner-up, goes into the season’s opening Grand Slam without any competitive matches under her belt after a collarbone problem ruled her out of this month’s Brisbane International.

Sharapova, who said she is now fully recovered, revealed that she had resorted to practising with Australia’s top junior players to find match sharpness — with interesting results.

“One of them was really on top of me and then I got really mad,” she told reporters.

“I think he had eight set points and I ended up winning the set. I’m not going to tell who it is. Too embarrassed.”

However, the world No. 2 said she could play her way into the season’s opening Grand Slam, starting against fellow blonde Russian Olga Puchkova, ranked 105. — AFP

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