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Sharapova ends 2018 season, withdraws from Beijing, Tianjin and Moscow due to injury

Kachi Wachuku in WTA Tour 18 Sep 2018
  • Former No.1 Maria Sharapova officially shuts down 2018 campaign
  • The Russian pulls out of Beijing, Tianjin and Moscow to recover from injury 
Maria Sharapova. (credit: EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP)

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Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova will not compete for the remainder of 2018 citing an unknown injury. The Russian star was scheduled to play in Beijing, Tianjin and Moscow to finish the season, but has withdrawn from all three to recuperate. Sharapova, now ranked 24 in the world was the 2017 champion, but will not return to defend her title this year.

"I was looking forward to coming back to Tianjin to defend my title but unfortunately I need to give myself time to recover from injury,” Sharapova said in a statement to Tianjin organisers. “I am disappointed that I won’t be able to play in front of all of the fans in Tianjin again and I hope to be able to play there in the future."

"I wish everyone at the tournament a successful five-year anniversary."

Maria Sharapova with her trophy after winning the 2017 edition of the Tianjin Open. (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

The 31-year old had an average 2018 season by her standards, her best performances were posted during the clay season, where she made the semi-finals in Rome and quarter-finals in Madrid and Roland Garros. But overall she struggled with injury and consistency on the hard and grass courts, losing early at Wimbledon and withdrawing from tournaments in Birmingham, San Jose and Cincinnati. She reached the third round in Montreal and the fourth round at the US Open, where she lost to Caroline Garcia and Carla Suarez Navarro respectively. 

Sharapova aims for a 2019 return where she will begin season at the Shenzhen Open in January.

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Sharapova ends 2018 season, withdraws from Beijing, Tianjin and Moscow due to injury

Maria Sharapova officially ends her 2018 season after withdrawing from Beijing, Tianjin and Moscow due to injury. The Russian star has struggled with injury and consistency since returning from suspension in April 2017.

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