Maria Sharapova withdraws from US Open

Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday because

of a right shoulder injury.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced the withdrawal of the 2006

champion, who has played only one match on tour since her

second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.

Sharapova originally was seeded third at the U.S. 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.

”I just wanted to let you know that withdrawing from the U.S.

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.”

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 winner and former No. 1-ranked player.

She was sidelined by a hip injury after Wimbledon, then hired

Jimmy Connors as her coach – an arrangement that lasted all of one

match, a loss.

Sharapova last skipped the U.S. 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 withdrew from

the U.S. Open, citing personal reasons.