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Federer, Sharapova among those looking for redemption in 2009

After an auspicious start in 2008, injuries derailed the rest of Maria Sharapova's season. Now healthy and hungry, she is among a handful of stars seeking a new beginning.

Originally Published: January 5, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Hello Everyone! I am finally back on the court hitting tennis balls again! It is such a relief to be out there enjoying every second of it.

It's been five months since Maria Yuryevna Sharapova last raised a racket with malice in her heart, more than six months since she was ranked No. 1 in the world and seemed poised to dominate women's tennis.

There has been little news of the long, cool Russian's ailing right shoulder, until … Tuesday morning, ...

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