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Sharapova sidelined with ongoing shoulder injury, forced to withdraw from St. Petersburg

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 31 Jan 2019
  • Sharapova withdraws from St. Petersburg with right shoulder injury
  • The Russian also retired from her first event of 2019 in Shenzhen
Maria Sharapova (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova’s ongoing shoulder injury has forced her to withdraw from the Premier-level St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy this week.

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Five-time major champion Sharapova pulled out of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy ahead of a scheduled second round clash with compatriot Daria Kasatkina on Wednesday night, citing a right shoulder injury.

“I tried to do everything possible to be able to be ready to compete this week, but my right shoulder continues to be an issue for me," Sharapova said. "I will meet with my team of doctors over the next few days to evaluate the situation, and I look forward to returning to completion as soon as possible.
"It was so special to play in front of my home crowd this week and I wish I could have continued competing in this fantastic tournament.”

Sharapova has been plagued by shoulder issues throughout the course of her career, previously undergoing surgery to repair a rotator cuff, while her right shoulder caused her to withdraw from three tournaments at the end of 2018.

Currently ranked No. 29, Sharapova also retired with a thigh injury during her first tournament of 2019 at the Shenzhen Open, before making the fourth round of the Australian Open, where she beat defending champion Caroline Wozniacki but lost to home hope Ashleigh Barty.

Sharapova was playing in St. Petersburg for the first time and earlier this week defeated Daria Gavrilova in straight sets in the opening round.

"I know when I play at home, I am strongly and warmly supported by the fans. For me it means a lot to win a match in homeland after so many years," Sharapova said after the win.

Meanwhile, Kasatkina is into the quarter-finals without playing a match after receiving a bye in the first round.

Furthermore, the Russian has yet to win a match at all in 2019 but has still accumulated 112 ranking points!



Sharapova now faces a race against time to be fit for big events in the United States as the Premier Mandatory BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open begin in March.


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