Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week's WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.

Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round.

However, the five-time Grand Slam champion will skip Cincinnati, having sat out the Rogers Cup in Toronto following her withdrawal at the Bank of the West Classic.

Sharapova initially arrived in Cincinnati on Friday, which nearly certainly meant that she had recovered from the injury and ready to be in action once again. "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.

World number 149 Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw in NY.

Sharapova made a comeback from an eight-week absence with a leg problem in her first-round win over Jennifer Brady in Stanford.

She had not played in the United States since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.

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