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Sharapova withdraws from French Open as she continues to recover from shoulder surgery

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 16 May 2019
  • Sharapova out of Roland Garros
  • Two-time champion is recovering from minor shoulder surgery
  • The Russian is back on the practice court but not yet ready to compete on tour
Maria Sharapova (PA Images)

Maria Sharapova’s ongoing shoulder injury has forced her to withdraw from the upcoming French Open in Paris.

Sharapova, a former two-time champion at Roland Garros, hasn’t played since the end of January after withdrawing from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

The former World No. 1 has a history of shoulder problems and earlier this year underwent a small surgical procedure in an attempt to fix it.

Despite being back training again, Sharapova said she wasn’t ready to compete at a Grand Slam and subsequently officially announced her withdrawal from the French Open on Wednesday.

“Withdrawing from the French Open today. Sometimes the right decisions aren’t always the easiest ones,” Sharapova posted on Instagram. “In better news, I have returned to the practice court, and slowly building the strength back in my shoulder. I really miss you Paris, until next year.”

Sharapova won the French Open in 2012 and 2014 and made the quarter-finals last year. It’s the only major Sharapova has won twice.

The Russian went down in the fourth round of the Australian Open against Ashleigh Barty earlier this season and is currently ranked No. 35 in the world. However, Sharapova could drop out of the top 50 as she won’t have the chance to defend any points in Roland Garros, which begins on May 26.

The 32-year-old has been suffering from shoulder injuries since undergoing rotator cuff surgery back in 2008. Earlier this year, Sharapova said she was willing to do anything to completely cure any pain in the region.

"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,” she said.

Sharapova is back on the practice court and at this stage should be targeting a return to action for the grass season.


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