Sharapova forced to miss US Open

August 22, 2013
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2006 champion Maria Sharapova has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming US Open due to a problem with her right shoulder.

The 26-year-old lost in her opening match at the recent Cincinnati Masters and has now been forced to give up on her bid for a fifth career Grand Slam, having also parted company with coach Jimmy Connors after just one match.

"I've done everything I could since Wimbledon to get myself ready, but it just wasn't enough time," Sharapova confirmed on Facebook.

"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."

Sharapova reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows 12 months ago, before being beaten in a tough three-setter by Victoria Azarenka, who went on to lose in three sets in the final to Serena Williams.

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