Victorious return to U.S. for Sharapova at Stanford after thigh injury

Aug 04, 2017, 00:13
Victorious return to U.S. for Sharapova at Stanford after thigh injury

'I am disappointed that injury is keeping me from the tennis court once again, and I will work as hard as I can to return to the game I love as soon as possible'.

"I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you", Sharapova said in an on-court interview.

Sharapova was injured during Italian Open second round in May, weeks after she returned to action from a 15-month doping ban, reports Efe.

The five-time Grand Slam champion's withdrawal means that Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who originally received a wildcard into the qualifying draw for the tournament, has now received a wildcard into the main draw.

At Stanford, Sharapova resumed her season by playing her first official match since May when she was forced to call an end to her run in Rome (Premier 5 event) due to a hip injury.

After missing the French Open after not receiving a wildcard and missing Wimbledon due to her leg injury, Sharapova will be eyeing up a spot at the US Open, though is seemingly facing a battle to be fit enough for the final Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Sharapova was scheduled to play her second-round match Wednesday night against seventh-seeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, who will advance to the quarterfinals by forfeit.

Maria Sharapova is out of next week's Rogers Cup. After yesterday's scan, the doctor has recommended I don't risk further injury.

Early in the third, Sharapova fought off two break points to consolidate her lead, and wrapped up the match after two hours and two minutes. "She has so many fans which was evident by the support she received here on Monday night".