Coventry Telegraph - - SPORT -

MARIA Shara­pova has with­drawn from the Na­ture Val­ley Clas­sic at Edg­bas­ton as she rests ahead of Wim­ble­don.

The 31-year-old, a two-time win­ner of the tour­na­ment has been in­jury-plagued and feels she needs time to re­cu­per­ate ahead of the Grand Slam.

She said: “I have good me­mories of Birm­ing­ham so I’m dis­ap­pointed not to be able to play. I need to take care of my body and some­times that means tough de­ci­sions.”

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