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Sharapova Withdraws From U.S. Open

posted 22 Aug 2013, 04:21 by Mpelembe   [ updated 22 Aug 2013, 04:21 ]

World number three Maria Sharapova withdraws from the U.S. Open because of a shoulder injury.

 (LONDON, UK - JUNE 22, 2013) (REUTERS) -  Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the U.S. Open because of a shoulder injury, tournament organisers have confirmed.

The 26-year-old world number three and third seed at the tournament starting on Monday (August 26) is suffering from inflammation in her right shoulder.

Sharapova wrote on her Facebook page that withdrawing from the year's final grand slam was "a really tough decision to make".

"I have done everything I could since Wimbledon to get myself ready but it just wasn't enough time.

"I have done many tests, received several opinions and it all comes down to taking the proper amount of time to heal my shoulder injury properly.

"It's certainly not an easy decision to make ahead of one of my favourite tournaments, but I know it's the right one that will get me back on the courts soon.

"I plan on taking the next few weeks off, receiving proper treatment and rehabilitation," wrote the Russian.

The four-times grand slam winner, who triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2006, dismissed coachJimmy Connors last week after just one match together.

Sharapova lost to 20-year-old American Sloane Stephens in the second round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati , her only match since a second-round exit at Wimbledon.

Defending champion Serena Williams is the top seed for the U.S. Open, ahead of BelarusianVictoria Azarenka and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, who now moves up to third.

Tournament director David Brewer had earlier announced Sharapova's withdrawal.