It's nice to finally hear some tennis news out of Maria Sharapova. In following her social-media posts, it seemed like she was almost entirely pre-occupied with communicating not even thinly-veiled plugs for Sugarpova, the candy that she once entertained changing her name to in marketing efforts. However, late on November 15th, Sharapova finally hit the topic of tennis. She tweeted that she has an exhibition match coming up next month.

Sharapova will face Monica Puig in PR

Sharapova tweeted on Tuesday night that she is "Excited to join Monica Puig in San Juan 12/15 in an exhibition match at The Coliseo de Puerto Rico." Puig herself is coming off of a strong 2016 on the tennis courts by her career standards, one that saw her win the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics for women's singles.

The Puerto Rican finished the season as the World No. 32, but would have finished much higher if the Olympics offered ranking points to participants. Despite winning the prestigious event outright through players like Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, and Garbine Muguruza, Puig received no ranking points for her efforts. Furthermore, she basically flopped post-Rio with early-round and disappointing losses at the US Open, Wuhan, and Beijing.

Who knows where Sharapova's tennis is at?

The results of exhibition matches always have to be taken with a grain of salt.

They can be approached seriously, however matches that don't involve a gold medal, ranking points, and/or money can be pretty laid back as well, even comedic sometimes. Sharapova has not played a tour match since her quarterfinal loss at the 2016 Australian Open to Serena Williams. That being the case, it's hard to know where her game will be in December when she faces Puig.

However, the two players will likely approach the match as a workout as opposed to something that they will be yearning to win. The match will help Puig prepare for the South Pacific swing in the early goings of 2017 while keeping Sharapova in touch with her own game.

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