NEWPORT BEACH — The Newport Beach Breakers are in such a funk they desperately needed Maria Sharapova to help them get out of it on the court.
The three-time Grand Slam singles champion arrived at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach dressed in black Tuesday. The appropriate color because the Breakers said their goodbyes to the World Team Tennis playoff hopes.
With two matches left, Newport Beach has no chance to return to the postseason, despite beating the Kansas City Explorers, 19-18, in a super tiebreaker. The Breakers can only blame themselves after losing seven of their last 10 matches.
Sharapova played her part in her only appearance with the Breakers this season. She said she went into the match against the Explorers (7-5) following Newport Beach's season.
"I sometimes turn on the Tennis Channel when some of the matches are on, so I'll get to watch a little bit," Sharapova said. "I mean, [I] don't go every day and see everyone's score and everything."