Injured Sharapova pulls out of St Petersburg Open

St Petersburg : Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova pulled out of the ongoing St Petersburg Open owing to an injury in the right shoulder.

The 31-year-old was due to play her second-round match against number 3 seed Daria Kesatkina but had to withdraw due to injury. Consequently, Kasatkina won the match by walkover and moved into the quarter-final of the event.

The former world number one said that despite making all the efforts, she could not make herself ready for the match.

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“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. 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,” WTA quoted Sharapova, as saying.

“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,” she added.

Sharapova had made a smashing start to the tournament after registering a straight-sets victory over Daria Gavrilova of Australia. Before St Petersburg Open, Sharapova appeared in the recently concluded Australian Open where she ousted by Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the pre-quarters round of the women’s singles event.


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