Maria Sharapova's dropped out of the U.S. Open
on Wednesday, continuing an unpredictable summer for the Russian tennis star.
According to a post on her Facebook page, Sharapova didn't feel she could play at her best because of a lingering shoulder injury, according to the New York Times
"Withdrawing from the U.S. Open has been a really tough decision to make," Sharapova wrote on her Facebook page
. "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."
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U.S. Open tournament director David Brewer confirmed Sharapova's departure late Wednesday, reported The Guardian
"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has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the US Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year," Brewer said in a statement.
The last time Sharapova withdrew from the U.S. Open, back in 2008, because of a right shoulder injury, the world No. 3-ranked player needed surgery and she was out of the game for nearly a year.
Sharapova has struggled on the tennis court of late, getting beat in the early rounds of Wimbledon and then falling in her first match of the Western & Southern Open against Sloane Stephens earlier this month, according to The Guardian.
That performance led to the firing of her coach Jimmy Connors
, through her father Yuri, after less than month with the tennis legend.
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Sharapova then raised eye brows by saying she would change her name to Sugarpova
during the U.S. Open to promote her candy company with the same name. The tennis star this week opted to dump that idea.
With Sharapova’s absence, No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska will move to the No. 3, and all subsequent seeds will move up a spot, according to The New York Times, and that benefits fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who becomes the new No. 32 seed.
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