Shara­pova with­draws

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Maria Shara­pova has with­drawn from the Bank of the West Clas­sic at Stan­ford, Calif., with sore­ness in her left arm and un­der­went test­ing. The tour­na­ment made the an­nounce­ment Wed­nes­day, say­ing wild-card en­try Shara­pova was pulling out of the event based on the rec­om­men­da­tion of a doc­tor as a “pre­ven­ta­tive de­ci­sion” to avoid fur­ther in­jury trou­ble. She had been sched­uled to play Wed­nes­day night, so sev­enth-seeded Le­sia Tsurenko moves on to the quar­ter­fi­nals. Five-time ma­jor cham­pion and for­mer No. 1 Shara­pova, who re­cently dealt with a left thigh in­jury af­ter her April re­turn from a 15-month dop­ing ban, felt the in­jury late in her three-set open­ing vic­tory against Amer­i­can Jen­nifer Brady. “To­ward the end of the Mon­day night’s match, I felt pain in my left fore­arm,” Shara­pova said. “Af­ter yes­ter­day’s scan, the doc­tor has rec­om­mended I don’t risk fur­ther in­jury. Mon­day night’s crowd was so special and I wish I could con­tinue play­ing but I have to make a pre­ven­ta­tive de­ci­sion.”

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