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“We are sad to announce that @mariasharapova has withdrawn as she heals from a right shoulder procedure she underwent last week.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