Sharapova pulls out of Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

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

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

The same injury also forced her to withdraw from the Bank of the West Classic after winning her first match, and the Rogers Cup in Toronto. "However, following the doctor's advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford", Sharapova's statement had a tinge of disappointment included, but once again hinted that her recuperation has been going well considering that she is preparing for the US Open qualifying rounds, which begins next week.

Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw.

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

Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first United States match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.

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