The Courier-Mail



MARIA Shara­pova be­came the first ca­su­alty of the US Open, with­draw­ing just 18 hours out from the tour­na­ment with a leg in­jury that has dogged her since Wim­ble­don.

It’s the sec­ond time the 28-year-old has pulled out of the tour­na­ment in the past three years.

Shara­pova was due to face ris­ing Aus­tralian star Daria Gavrilova in round one, but her place was taken by lucky loser Daria Kasatk­ina.

Shara­pova – who won the US Open in 2006 – was in the same half of the draw as her on court neme­sis Ser­ena Wil­liams.

Just a day be­fore pulling out, Shara­pova spoke of how she had been forced to make ad­just­ments to her health and fit­ness this year.

“It only gets tougher as you get older, of course,” she said.

But yesterday she posted to her fans on Face­book, say­ing: “I have done ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to be ready but it was just not enough time.”

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