Shara­pova with­draws from Rogers Cup with arm in­jury

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

(Reuters) - Maria Shara­pova with­drew from the Rogers Cup with a sore left arm on Thurs­day, putting the five-time grand slam cham­pion’s U.S. Open par­tic­i­pa­tion in doubt.

“I am so sorry to be miss­ing Rogers Cup this year,” Shara­pova said in a state­ment from Ten­nis Canada. “I am so ap­pre­cia­tive to the tour­na­ment for the wild card and my fans in Toronto for their sup­port.

“I am dis­ap­pointed that in­jury is keep­ing me from the ten­nis court once again, and I will work as hard as I can to re­turn to the game I love as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The in­jury is the same one that had forced Shara­pova to pull out of her sec­ond round match in Stan­ford on Wed­nes­day.

Com­pet­ing in her fourth tour­na­ment back after a 15-month dop­ing ban, Shara­pova said she started to feel pain in her fore­arm late dur­ing her first-round win over Amer­i­can Jen­nifer Brady.

The pain per­sisted and the for­mer-world num­ber one with­drew from her sec­ond round match hand­ing Ukrainian sev­enth seed Le­sia Tsurenko a walkover.

The in­jury casts a big­ger cloud on Shara­pova com­pet­ing in the year’s fi­nal grand slam, with the for­mer-world num­ber one hop­ing for a wild­card into the U.S. Open, an event she won in 2006.

Shara­pova was de­nied a wild­card for the French Open and missed Wim­ble­don, where she was go­ing to try to gain main draw en­try through the qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment, due to in­jury.

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