Maria Sharapova withdraws from US Open
NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova pulled out of the US Open yesterday (Aug 21) because of a right shoulder injury.
The US Tennis Association announced the withdrawal of the 2006 champion, who has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.
Sharapova originally was seeded third at the US Open. The USTA said last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanksa would shift from No 4 to No 3, and all other seeded players below her would move up a spot, too.
The USTA said Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova would become the No 32 seed.
The draw for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament is today. Play begins Monday.
Sharapova’s surprising exit caps a tumultuous couple of weeks for the four-time major winner and former No 1-ranked player.
She was sidelined by a hip injury after Wimbledon, then hired Jimmy Connors as her coach - an arrangement that lasted all of one match, a loss.
Sharapova last skipped the US Open in 2008, when she was off the tour for about 10 months because of surgery on her right shoulder.
She won her first major title since that operation at last year’s French Open, completing a career Grand Slam.
Earlier yesterday, former top-10 player Mardy Fish withdrew from the US Open, citing personal reasons. AP