Maria Sharapova withdrew from the U.S. Open because of shoulder pain, robbing the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year of its 2006 champion, who was seeded third.
Sharapova, 26, had been limited to one match since July because of a hip injury.
“Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the U.S. Open this year due to right shoulder bursitis,” tournament director David Brewer said last night in a statement e-mailed by the U.S. Tennis Association.
Sharapova, who has won each of the four Grand Slam tournaments and has 29 titles on the Women’s Tennis Association Tour along with almost $27 million in career winnings, fired coach Jimmy Connors last week after one match together.
The Russian hired Connors, 60, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, in mid-July after splitting with coach Thomas Hogstedt. Sharapova lost to Sloane Stephens in her first match in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last week.
American Serena Williams, the defending champion, is the top women’s seed at the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 26 in New York. Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland moves up to No. 3 following Sharapova’s withdrawal.
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