Sharapova withdraws from US Open
Originally published on: 22/08/13 00:00
The world No.3, who won the second of her four Grand Slams at Flushing Meadows in 2006, has played just one match since crashing out of Wimbledon in June.
After hurting her hip during her second-round defeat to Michelle Larcher De Brito at the All England Club, Sharapova was forced to skip the Bank of the West Classic before withdrawing from the Rogers Cup.
She returned to action at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last week, but made 62 unforced errors as she lost 2-6 7-6(5) 6-2 to Sloane Stephens in her opening match.
The Russian informed tournament officials on Wednesday that she was unable to compete due to an inflamed right shoulder.
"Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the US Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament," tournament director David Brewer said. "We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year."
It is only the third time in her career that Sharapova has been forced to miss a major – she skipped the 2008 US Open and 2009 Australian Open also with a right shoulder injury.
In her absence, Agnieszka Radwanska will be seeded third in the draw, while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is bumped up to No.32.