Maria Sharapova withdraws at Rogers Cup

Maria Sharapova withdraws at Rogers Cup

Maria Sharapova withdraws at Rogers Cup

The five-time grand slam victor is still scheduled to compete at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati this month, but will have to go through qualifying to play the US Open if she does not receive a wildcard.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova made a battling return to U.S. hardcourts on Monday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 victory over American Jennifer Brady in Stanford, California.

Sharapova, who has also accepted a wild card into the WTA tournament in Cincinnati - another key warmup for the US Open - booked a second-round meeting with seventh-seeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, a 6-3, 6-3 victor over Spain's Lara Arruabarrena.

"I'm so sorry to miss the Rogers Cup this year", said Sharapova. The five-time Grand Slam champion added that, whilst she is disappointed that she is being kept away from tennis, she hopes to be back as soon as possible. She beat Jennifer Brady in three sets. After yesterday's scan my doctor has recommended I don't risk further injury.

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Even before her injury woes began, she took an early loss in Madrid to outspoken critic Genie Bouchard and was denied a wild card into the French Open by tournament organizers despite winning the event in 2012 and 2014.

Once again, Sharapova saw her odds sinking after having played only a match at Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, CA.

Croatian Ana Konjuh, No.5 seed, also advanced to the second round as her rival, New Zealand's Marina Erakovic, was forced to retire due to injury when the latter was 6-3, 1-0 down.

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