Sharapova withdraws from Stanford with hip injury

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s Bank of the West

Classic at Stanford because of a left hip injury suffered during


Tournament director Kim Hall said in a statement Monday that

organizers ”are disappointed for our fans.” She added that

”unfortunately injuries are a part of the sport.”

The second-ranked Sharapova lost 6-3, 6-4 to Michelle Larcher de

Brito in the second round of Wimbledon last month. Sharapova

tumbled several times during the match, complaining about court

conditions, taking a medical timeout and later saying she thought

she strained a hip muscle.

Sharapova announced on her website Saturday that she had hired

Jimmy Connors as her new coach, one day after she parted ways with

Thomas Hogstedt.