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Sharapova reveals shoulder surgery and pulls out of Miami

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 27 Feb 2019
  • Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Miami Open
  • Sharapova revealed she has undergone a small surgical procedure on her right shoulder
Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova announced that she is withdrawing from the Miami Open in the wake of shoulder surgery.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will miss the 2019 Miami Open as she recovers from what she described as a 'small procedure' on her right shoulder.

Sharapova had previously pulled out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and, on Wednesday, announced that she won't be playing at the Miami Open, which begins on 18 March.

The Russian made the announcement via her Instagram account in a story addressed to her fans.

'I have just withdrawn from the Miami Open and wanted to give you a little update on the shoulder,' Sharapova wrote.

'As many of you know, I have struggled with shoulder pain since last summer. 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.'

Sharapova's right shoulder has been problematic since at least 2007. She underwent surgery to repair a rotator cuff tear in October 2008 and dropped out of the world's top 100 as a result. Sharapova also missed part of the 2013 season due to her shoulder. 

Despite a 15-month absence from competition in 2016-17 due to a failed drug test, Sharapova's shoulder forced a premature end to the 2018 season.

So far in 2019, the Russian has only played three events and two of them ended in retirement. Sharapova was unable to continue against Aryna Sabalenka at the Shenzhen Open and gave a walkover to Daria Kasatkina at the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy. At the third event, the Australian Open, Sharapova defeated defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the third round but lost in three sets to Ashleigh Barty in the round of 16.

In Melbourne, Sharapova had said that her shoulder injury was 'no secret' and admitted she was still 'working through some painful days'.

'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,' Sharapova ended her Instagram message.

Currently ranked world no. 29, five-time major champion Sharapova has struggled with various injuries since returning from her doping ban in April 2017. The Russian player has reached the final of the Miami Open five times, but hasn't played the event since 2015, when she lost her opening match to Daria Gavrilova.

Sloane Stephens is the defending champion at the Miami Open, with eight-time champion Serena Williams, new world no. 1 Naomi Osaka, French Open winner Simona Halep and Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber also in the star-studded field. Read more about the Miami Open and get the latest news and tournament information here

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