The 2011 champion said she arrived in Cincinnati on Saturday eager to play but following the doctor's advice on site decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open tune-up, where first-round action begins on Monday. Sharapova was scheduled to play French Open champion and world number 12 Jelena Ostapenko in a highly-anticipated first-round clash. The Russian's decision to withdraw marks the latest setback in her comeback this year after a 15-month doping ban.
2011 champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from #CincyTennis due to an ongoing left arm injury.— W&S Open (@CincyTennis) August 13, 2017
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Sharapova, banned after testing positive for the heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has had mixed results since rejoining the WTA Tour. The 30-year-old reached the semi-finals as a wildcard in Stuttgart, fell in the second round at Madrid and retired from her second-round match at the Italian Open in mid-May after injuring her left thigh.
Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from @CincyTennis due to the left forearm injury she sustained in Stanford.August 13, 2017
After pulling out of Stanford, Sharapova withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The arm injury casts a cloud on Sharapova competing in the Aug. 28-Sept. 10 U.S. Open since the former world number one would need a wildcard to compete in the event.
#Sharapova's premature season takes another turn with decision to withdraw from Stanford.— Live Tennis (@livetennis) August 3, 2017
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Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week's Cincinnati Open with a left forearm injury.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 13, 2017
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