Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Maria Sharapova Withdraws from St Petersburg with Shoulder Injury

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  • Russia's Maria Sharapova looks on during the match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty in Fourth Round of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2019. Ashleigh Barty rallied from a set down to beat former world number one Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-1 6-4 at Melbourne Park. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

    Russia's Maria Sharapova looks on during the match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty in Fourth Round of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2019. Ashleigh Barty rallied from a set down to beat former world number one Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-1 6-4 at Melbourne Park. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

    TEMPO.COSt Petersburg - Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova withdrew from her second-round match at the WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Wednesday because of a shoulder injury, tournament organizers said.

    "Sharapova is withdrawing from her match today due to a right shoulder injury," the WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019 wrote on Twitter.

    Maria Sharapova, 31, had been set to play fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina, the third seed in the tournament, in the second round. Kasatkina wins by walkover, organizers said.

    Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion who rarely takes part in tournaments in Russia, had earned her first WTA win in the country in more than a decade on Monday by defeating Australia's Daria Gavrilova in straight sets. 

    REUTERS