MARIA SHARAPOVA worked up a sweat in the gym as she prepared to head to the US Open.
The five-time grand slam champion, who retired in 2020, won at Flushing Meadows in 2006.
She is now preparing to head back to the event having hung up her racquet.
Sharapova, now 36, shared a snap of herself wearing a grey top and black shorts as she put some gym work in.
She captioned it: "Pre New York."
The former tennis favorite then said "it's tough" as she took a short video during her workout.
Sharapova added: "Strength work doesn't come easy to me but it's important."
In a further picture, the Russian showed off a green salad.
She wrote: "Cannot promise nyc will look this healthy."
Sharapova's final event came at the 2020 Australian Open, where she lost 6-3, 6-4 in round one to Donna Vekic.
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Her last US Open appearance came in 2019, when she was brutally beaten 6-1, 6-1 by Serena Williams on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the first round.
Sharapova has been dating British businessman Alexander Gilkes since 2018, with the two becoming engaged two years later.
In July last year she gave birth to her first son.
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