Af­ter French Open re­jec­tion, Shara­pova re­tires from match

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

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.

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