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Maria Sharapova out of Wimbledon qualifying and entire grass season with thigh injury

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 11 Jun 2017
  • Maria Sharapova will miss the whole grass season due to injury
  • Sharapova injured her thigh in Rome last month
  • Set to return at Stanford in late July
Maria Sharapova (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova will miss the entire grass court season and won’t compete again until the end of July due to a thigh injury.





Just a couple of months after returning to the tour from a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova faces another extended stint on the sidelines after it emerged the thigh injury she sustained at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome was more serious than first thought.

Sharapova took to her official Facebook page to announce that scans revealed a muscle tear in her thigh and that she would be withdrawing from all grass court events - including the Aegon Classic in Birmingham (where she had received a wildcard) and qualifying for Wimbledon at Roehampton, which coincidentally was ticketed for the first time this year.

“After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play,” Sharapova said.
“I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford.”



Sharapova’s injury means that she will not be able to accumulate any ranking points over the grass season and thus won’t be ranked high enough to gain direct entry into the US Open main draw. Sharapova is currently ranked 178 in the world.

The 30-year-old made a solid return to tennis at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart in April, reaching the semi-finals before falling to an in-form Kristina Mladenovic, but Sharapova didn’t enjoy her subsequent two tournaments, losing in the second round of Madrid to Eugenie Bouchard and then picking up her thigh injury in Rome.

The Bank of the West Classic in Stanford - Sharapova’s next scheduled tournament - begins on July 30.


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