After French Open rejection, Sharapova retires from match
ROME - Maria Sharapova retired from her Italian Open match due to a left thigh injury hours after learning she would not be granted a wild card into the French Open. Sharapova was leading Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-3, 2-1 when she called it quits on Tuesday in the second round.
Sharapova had left the court for an injury timeout during the second game of the third set.
She came back with her left thigh taped and managed to win a game despite serving softly, then walked to the net after Lucic-Baroni held serve. The retirement came 2 1/2 hours after French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli announced he would not invite Sharapova to Roland Garros because of her past doping ban.