Moscow - Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Russia team to
face Germany in the Fed Cup semi-final this weekend, the Russian
tennis federation has said on Tuesday.
Following injury, the world number two Sharapova is not fit for the
tie on clay in Sochi, the federation said.
Sharapova was quoted as saying she needed to be in top form to be
able to help the team against strong opponents such as Germany.
"Unfortunately the time for regeneration was not sufficient," she
Russia won the Fed Cup four times between 2004 and 2008, and were
finalists in 2011 and 2013.
Germany lifted the trophy 1987 and 1992,
and were runners-up last year to the Czech Republic.