Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will not be able to play in Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton due to a thigh injury she suffered from the second round match at the Italian Open last May16.
In her Facebook account, Sharapova confirmed and decided to withdraw the whole 2017 grass-court season to repair a torn muscle.
“After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play. I want to thank the LTA (Lawn and Tennis Association) for their amazing support on my return and providing me with a Birmingham wild card, a tournament which I hope many of you will be able to attend. I look forward to meeting you there next year. I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford.” Sharapova concluded
The 30-year-old tennis star is planning to play at the end of July on the hard courts of the Stanford Classic, California.
The Bank of the West Classic in Stanford will begin on July 30.
Going back, the Russian player was banned from playing for 15 months after testing positive for heart disease drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open in January 26, 2016 and was denied to play a wild card at French Open.
Wimbledon qualifying will starts on June 26.
In addition, the 2017 Wimbledon Championships will begin on July 3 and will end on July 16. (Philippine Standard time)
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