The Courier-Mail



MARIA Sharapova became the first casualty of the US Open, withdrawin­g just 18 hours out from the tournament with a leg injury that has dogged her since Wimbledon.

It’s the second time the 28-year-old has pulled out of the tournament in the past three years.

Sharapova was due to face rising Australian star Daria Gavrilova in round one, but her place was taken by lucky loser Daria Kasatkina.

Sharapova – who won the US Open in 2006 – was in the same half of the draw as her on court nemesis Serena Williams.

Just a day before pulling out, Sharapova spoke of how she had been forced to make adjustment­s to her health and fitness this year.

“It only gets tougher as you get older, of course,” she said.

But yesterday she posted to her fans on Facebook, saying: “I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time.”

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