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
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
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.