wnol.info March 23 2018

Injured Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon, grass circuit

March 23 2018, 03:09 | Van Peters

Maria Sharapova will miss the grass-court season through injury

Maria Sharapova will miss the grass-court season through injury

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion who last won Wimbledon in 2004, has not entered a Grand Slam since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

In her Facebook statement Saturday, Sharapova wrote that her next scheduled tournament will be at Stanford, California, which begins July 31. Soon after the French Tennis Federation denied her entry into Roland Garros, Sharapova said she was forgoing any requests for a main-card invitation into the All England Club and would instead earn her way in.

The 30-year-old five-time grand slam victor who returned to tennis in April upon the expiration of a sanction by global anti-doping officials for using a now-banned medication, announced the news on Facebook.

On the same day, she suffered the thigh injury which has now sidelined her from Wimbledon for a second successive season.

Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation poses for a photo at a promotional event for the upcoming French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France, May 23, 2017.

The five-time Grand Slam victor has not played since suffering the injury during her second-round match at the Italian Open on May 16. She was then scheduled to play in the Wimbledon qualifiers at Roehampton on June 26.

The news means Sharapova will also withdraw from the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, for which she had been granted a wild card.

Maria Sharapova - and the controversy her return to tennis has brought this year - will not be at Wimbledon.

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