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Maria Sharapova withdraws from the U.S. Open with shoulder injury

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Maria Sharapova's tumultuous summer will conclude with her withdrawal from the U.S. Open. [Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]

Maria Sharapova’s tumultuous summer will conclude with her withdrawal from the U.S. Open. [Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]

NEW YORK, New York — No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the U.S. Open due to a right shoulder injury.

“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has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the US Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament,” read a statement from tournament director David Brewer. “We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year.”

Sharapova, who withdrew from two hard court tune-up tournaments due to a hip injury she sustained at Wimbledon, played just one match this summer. She lost in three sets last week to Sloane Stephens in the second round of the Western & Southern Open after taking a big lead in the beginning of the match. After that loss, Sharapova returned to her home in Florida and fired newly-appointed coach Jimmy Connors.

The announcement comes as a surprise. Sharapova, who made the semifinals last year before losing to Victoria Azarenka, had not mentioned any shoulder issues this summer and was spotted practicing at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center earlier this week. Just yesterday it was reported that her father Yuri would coach her through the U.S. Open and he was seen on court with her during this week’s practice sessions.

With Sharapova’s withdrawal, fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will move into a seeded position at No. 32. Defending champion Serena Williams and Azarenka top the field as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. The draw is set to be made on Thursday.

  • Published On Aug 21, 2013
  • 13 comments
    r.currier3
    r.currier3

    Sharapova is a one-dimensional player who arguably cheats or flaunts the good sportsmanship on-court rules with the screaming, has a condescending-arrogant personality, has zero mental toughness, and regrettably is in serious need of a Chris Evert/Linda Cohn breast augmentation asap.  Before she markets herself in broader ways, she ought to bulk up on top.  Otherwise, she is top notch and it is a real shame she won't be playing in Flushing Meadows......

    phayes
    phayes

    Twice I'e had the pleasure of speaking with Maria at the Trader Joe's near my home in the South Bay area of LA. She is a great person who volunteers her time to help children and overall deserves our support. The last time I spoke with her I asked about the shoulder and she was so sweet in her response. I wish her well in the future.

    x72
    x72

    Poor gal, if she had more up top she'd be way hotter.

    muser
    muser

    It seems like she's approaching the end...

    usable.thought
    usable.thought

    I'm not a Sharapova fan, but this is still dismaying news that could impact her career. A smart call to try and rest up. 

    But what really interests me is this: I had thought (and I know a lot of other fans did, too) that her problems with serving lately were all mental. Now it seems they were primarily physical. In a strange way that might be good news - yes, she's hurt & needs to take care of herself and hopefully heal up, but at least she doesn't have the yips the way we thought she did. A psychological block like the yips is almost impossible to get rid of. 

    piteus
    piteus

    Sorry to not see her never ending legs.

    WHO*IS*ESPN
    WHO*IS*ESPN

    No wonder she wouldn't change her name to her candy company...she is too soft like candy.

    bambam824
    bambam824

    Sugar Pova isn't loud, she's just feisty.

    trilly3807
    trilly3807

    Really sorry to hear she is having problems with her shoulder again. She was doing so well earlier in the season. And she will definitely be missed at the US Open!

    (Just wanted to get that in before all you "Screamapova" haters start trolling).

    trilly3807
    trilly3807

    I would add that Azarenka deserves the award for annoying noise. I've come to the conclusion that she is an inch away from just SINGING out there. Off-key singing, of course. 

    But I love to watch both these talented players, Sharapova & Azarenka, so i just turn the volume down when they play. (LOVED Vika's win over Serena!). 

    The noise is not going to stop until another player complains. Clearly, the WTA is going to remain mute on the subject. Um...no pun intended.

    spystud
    spystud

    @WHO*IS*ESPN  Once again, you're proving yourself to be an idiot.  She won Indian Wells & Stuttgart this year, two Premier-level titles. 

    And "tourney's" is not possessive.