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Former champion Sharapova out of Stuttgart as she continues shoulder surgery recovery

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 19 Apr 2019
  • Sharapova pulls out of Stuttgart
  • Russian still recovering from minor shoulder surgery
Maria Sharapova (PA Images)

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart as she continues to recover from shoulder surgery.

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A three-time champion at the Premier-level tournament in Stuttgart, Sharapova had been awarded a wildcard into the tournament, which she used as her comeback event from a 15-month doping ban a couple of years ago.

However, the five-time major champion has been forced to pull out, saying she wasn’t ready to compete after undergoing a small procedure on her troublesome right shoulder.

“To all my amazing fans in Germany that travel to see me play my favourite tournament in Stuttgart every year, I am really sorry to inform you that I have just ran out of time to be ready to play in Stuttgart,” Sharapova told fans in a statement.
“I am making very good progress but just not ready to compete at the highest level.”

Sharapova won her first 13 matches in Stuttgart as she took home a three-peat of titles between 2012-14, but after losing in her first match in 2015 to Angelique Kerber, the Russian missed the 2016 edition after being suspended for doping. Returning to competition in 2017, Sharapova made the semi-finals, losing to Kristina Mladenovic, while she was ousted in the opening round last year by Caroline Garcia.



Having improved her ranking into the top 30 since returning to the tour, Sharapova hasn’t played since withdrawing from her second round match in St. Petersburg at the start of February.

Sharapova announced her withdrawal from Indian Wells before revealing she underwent a ‘small surgical procedure’ on her right shoulder that should help repair her damaged rotator cuff and scapula.

"As many of you know, I have struggled with shoulder pain since last summer,” she said. “For ten 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.
"Although this has been a very long process, I am incredibly committed to getting back strong and more importantly without the pain I was playing with at the beginning of the year."

The 32-year-old has been suffering from shoulder issues since undergoing rotator cuff surgery back in 2008.

Sharapova is next scheduled to compete at the Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open, which begins on May 5.

Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens, Danielle Collins and Dominika Cibulkova have also withdrawn from Stuttgart next week, while Angelique Kerber is also in some doubt due to illness.


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