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Injured Sharapova out of US Open

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Plagued by shoulder injury, Maria Sharapova withdraws from the WTA Championships.
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NEW YORK (AP)

Maria Sharapova pulled out of the US Open on Wednesday because of a right shoulder injury.

The US Tennis Association announced the 2006 champion's withdrawal.

''I just wanted to let you know that withdrawing from the US Open has been a really tough decision to make. I have done everything I could since Wimbledon to get myself ready but it just wasn't enough time,'' read a message posted on Sharapova's Facebook page Wednesday. ''I have done many tests, received several opinions and it all comes down to taking the proper amount of time to heal my shoulder injury properly.''

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Sharapova has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.

''Maria Sharapova is one of the great warriors of the tennis world,'' USTA executive director and COO Gordon Smith said. ''If she withdrew, there's a serious issue.''

Sharapova originally was seeded third at the US Open. The USTA said 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanksa would shift from No. 4 to No. 3, and all other seeded players below her would move up a spot, too.

The USTA said Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova would become the No. 32 seed.

The draw for the year's last Grand Slam tournament is Thursday. Play begins Monday.

Sharapova's surprising exit caps a tumultuous couple of weeks for the four-time major title winner and former No. 1 player.

The Russian was sidelined by a hip injury after Wimbledon. Then she hired Jimmy Connors as her coach, an arrangement that lasted all of one match, a loss.

Sharapova last skipped the US Open in 2008, when she was off the tour for about 10 months because of surgery on her right shoulder.

She won her first major title since that operation at last year's French Open, completing a career Grand Slam.

Earlier Wednesday, former top-10 player Mardy Fish of the United States withdrew from the US Open, citing personal reasons.

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