WTA Tour

Sharapova out of Stanford

2013-07-16 07:48
Maria Sharapova (AFP)

Stanford - World No 2 Maria Sharapova pulled out of next week's WTA Tour Stanford Classic with a nagging hip injury.

Sharapova's withdrawal Monday has robbed the tournament of one of its biggest names. The Russian suffered the left hip injury during Wimbledon which ended earlier this month.

"We understand that a player's health must always come first," said tournament director Kim Hall.

Hall also said Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, who is ranked 15th overall, had pulled out. Officials did not give a reason for Flipkens's withdrawal.

With the loss of Sharapova, the top draws in the event now include recently crowned Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and world No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska. Former US Open champion Samantha Stosur, of Australia, and 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone are also in the field.

Sharapova and Flipkens will be replaced in the 28-player draw by world No 46 Daniela Hantuchova and Christina McHale, who is ranked 79th.

The tournament, which includes singles and doubles players, runs from July 22-28.

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