WTA Tour

Injured Sharapova withdraws from Miami Open

2018-03-16 21:02
Maria Sharapova (AFP)

Miami - Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week's Miami Open after suffering an injury to her left forearm, organisers announced on Friday.

The five-time Grand Slam champion has been replaced in the main draw for the Florida showpiece by American Jennifer Brady, a statement said.

"I am really sorry that I have to withdraw from one of my favorite tournaments with my left forearm injury," said Sharapova.

"I am doing everything possible to return to the tour as soon as possible."

Sharapova's withdrawal comes after a disappointing early exit at Indian Wells in California this week, where she lost her opening match against rising Japanese star Naomi Osaka.

That defeat prompted a split with coach Sven Groeneveld, who was axed on Thursday after four years of working with the Russian star.

Sharapova, 30, is continuing to search for consistent performances as she works her way back from a 15-month drugs ban.

Her loss on Wednesday came after she withdrew from the Dubai tournament last month, also because of her forearm injury.

"I know how much Maria wanted to play Miami this year, so I can imagine her disappointment," Miami Open Tournament Director James Blake said.

"We were looking forward to seeing her play Wednesday, but unfortunately injuries are part of the game. We hope she recovers quickly and is back on the court soon."

Read more on:    wta tour  |  maria sharapova  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.