Los Angeles - World number seven Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after failing to recover from a troublesome forearm injury, it was confirmed Thursday.
The Russian star said in a statement issued by tournament chiefs she had pulled out in an effort to return to full fitness.
"I am extremely disappointed that I am unable to compete in this year's BNP Paribas Open," said Sharapova.
"I have been focused on healing my left forearm injury and tried to get my body to be 100% ready to play this event, as it is one of my favorite events on the WTA and so close to my home in LA.
"I know the tournament will be a great success this year and I will be anxious to return next year and hopefully many years after."
Sharapova has not played since exiting the Australian Open in the quarter-finals in January.
Her withdrawal from Indian Wells is the third time this year she has withdrawn from a tournament because of her forearm injury, having also missed tournaments in Brisbane and Doha.
Mariana Duque-Marino moves into the main draw for Indian Wells following Sharapova's absence.
This year's tournament takes place from March 7-20.