Maria Sharapova pulls out Cincinnati Open with injury

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

An ongoing left arm injury has forced former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova to withdraw from the Western and Southern Open.

The move came a week after the former world number one from Russian Federation withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.

The five-time Grand Slam champion chose to miss Cincinnati after consulting with event medical staff on Saturday.

"I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play".

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Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy finished their second rounds in the near dark to ensure an early start wasn't required on Saturday. A score of +2 for the tournament with leave him 10 shots behind leader Kevin Kisner heading into moving day.

The 2011 champion was originally due to face the French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in a must-watch first round match, a battle between youth and experience and an encounter between two Roland Garros champions.

"I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year". Sharapova was forced to retire in her second round match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Internazionali BNL D'Italia before having to withdraw from the whole grass-court season due to a thigh injury, forcing her out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and the qualifying tournament of the Wimbledon Championships.

The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova's participation at the US Open, which starts in NY on August 28.

World number 149 Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw in NY.

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