Thursday, August 22, 2013

Citing Shoulder Injury, Maria Sharapova Pulls Out of U.S. Open

No doubt a loss for tennis fans everywhere.

At NYT, "Sharapova, Citing Shoulder Injury, Will Miss Open."

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After an uncharacteristically tumultuous summer, third-seeded Maria Sharapova announced Wednesday night that she was withdrawing from next week’s United States Open because of a right shoulder injury.

“Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the U.S. Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament,” the tournament director, David Brewer, said in a statement. “We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year.”

Sharapova later posted on Facebook: “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. 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.”

With Sharapova’s withdrawal, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska will move to the No. 3 seed, and all subsequent seeds will move up a spot. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia will become the new No. 32 seed and a lucky loser from the final round of the qualifying tournament will take Sharapova’s slot in the 128-player draw.

The American Mardy Fish also withdrew from the tournament Wednesday, citing continuing health concerns. Fish has struggled with physical and mental health problems.

Sharapova, 26, was first affected by right shoulder problems five years ago and had surgery to repair two tears in her rotator cuff in October 2008. When she returned to the tour 10 months later, she struggled with inconsistent serving.

But Sharapova, the 2006 United States Open champion, steadily returned to previous form, returning to the No. 1 ranking and completing the career Grand Slam by winning the French Open last year. She made the French Open final again this year, but lost to Serena Williams.
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