Injured Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon, grass circuit

by Leon Thompson June 11, 2017, 7:49
Injured Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon, grass circuit

Maria Sharapova has been ruled out for Wimbledon and the 2017 grass-court season after a scan showed the muscle injury she previously suffered in Rome won't allow her to compete in qualifying for the year's third Grand Slam event.

Due to her enforced absence, former number one Sharapova, now ranked 178 in her comeback effort, will not be able to earn enough ranking points to gain direct entry to the US Open, the last major of the season which begins August 29.

Sharapova, the five-time Grand Slam victor, who returned from an imposed absence after serving a 15-month doping ban will now have to wait until the hard court season for her next competitive action.

Maria Sharapova's bad moment continues. Just two days past her 20th birthday, Ostapenko was the youngest woman to win a Grand Slam championship since Sharapova was 19 at the 2006 U.S. Open.

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She was still controversially handed a wildcard for the WTA grasscourt event in Birmingham later this month, a key warm-up for Wimbledon. Her performances then tailed off, with a Madrid second-round loss and the Rome thigh injury a week later which forced her to retire in a second-round match.

She had been given a wild card for the Aegon Classic - a Wimbledon tuneup - in Birmingham later this month.

Sharapova, who is coming back from a 15-month suspension for taking the banned drug meldonium, had been due to enter qualifying after rejecting a wild card. I look forward to meeting you there next year.


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