Maria Sharapova’s preparation for next month’s U.S. Open is being hampered by a hip injury that caused the Russian to withdraw from the Rogers Cup tournament in Toronto, starting Aug. 3.
Sharapova, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, hasn’t played competitively since she was ousted from the second round of Wimbledon on June 26 by Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito. During that match, Sharapova frequently slipped on the grass and had treatment on her hip after she fell on the baseline.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to play in Toronto next week as it’s one of the best and most important tournaments of the year,” Sharapova said on her website last night. “I was looking forward to making a healthy return to the courts in front of my Canadian fans but unfortunately I’m just not recovered yet.”
Sharapova also withdrew from a hard-court event in Stanford, California. That tournament was won yesterday by Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, who beat top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The U.S. Open, the season’s last Grand Slam tournament, starts Aug. 26 in New York.
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