Sharapova withdraws from Miami Open

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2018. Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot against Angelique Kerber of Germany. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Maria Sharapova withdrew from next month’s Miami Open on Wednesday following surgery last week to repair her injured right shoulder, tournament organisers said.

“We are sad to announce that @mariasharapova has withdrawn as she heals from a right shoulder procedure she underwent last week.

“We wish Maria a speedy recovery and look forward to having her back in Miami in 2020!” a Miami Open post on Twitter said.

In a statement on the WTA website, the 31-year-old Russian star said she had undergone a “small procedure” in an attempt to fix a longstanding shoulder problem.

“As many of you know, I have struggled with shoulder pain since last summer. For 10 weeks post US Open, I focused on getting my rotator cuff and scapula strong to support a surgically repaired fraying tendon and a small labrum tear. Although my shoulder got strong, it didn’t help the pain on impact.

“After a few different opinions in a few different countries, last week I had a small procedure done which will take a few weeks to heal.”




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