Maria Sharapova withdraws from the U.S. Open with shoulder injury
NEW YORK, New York -- No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the U.S. Open due to a right shoulder injury.
"Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the US Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament," read a statement from tournament director David Brewer. "We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year.”
Sharapova, who withdrew from two hard court tune-up tournaments due to a hip injury she sustained at Wimbledon, played just one match this summer. She lost in three sets last week to Sloane Stephens in the second round of the Western & Southern Open after taking a big lead in the beginning of the match. After that loss, Sharapova returned to her home in Florida and fired newly-appointed coach Jimmy Connors.
The announcement comes as a surprise. Sharapova, who made the semifinals last year before losing to Victoria Azarenka, had not mentioned any shoulder issues this summer and was spotted practicing at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center earlier this week. Just yesterday it was reported that her father Yuri would coach her through the U.S. Open and he was seen on court with her during this week's practice sessions. With Sharapova's withdrawal, fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will move into a seeded position at No. 32. Defending champion Serena Williams and Azarenka top the field as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. The draw is set to be made on Thursday.