Injured Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon, grass circuit

The five-time Grand Slam champion has not played since retiring injured from her second-round match at the Italian Open with a thigh problem on 16 May.

Due to her enforced absence, former number one Sharapova, now ranked 178 in her comeback effort, will not be able to earn enough ranking points to gain direct entry to the US Open, the last major of the season which begins August 29.

The five-times grand slam victor, who received wildcards to play in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome after being left without a ranking when her doping ban ended, retired injured in her second round match at the Italian Open.

Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation during the match between Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation and Christina Mchale of U.S. during The Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2017 - Day Two at Foro Italico on May 15, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

Maria Sharapova announced on Saturday that she will not play in Wimbledon this summer.

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"I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford from July 31". In mid-May, she got to the second round in Rome but had to pull out because of a thigh injury.

Sharapova received a wild-card entry for the event at Birmingham in June, and she was supposed to enter qualifying for Wimbledon.

The news means Sharapova will also withdraw from the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, for which she had been granted a wild card.

Sharapova, who won women's singles silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the competition played at Wimbledon, was handed a two-year ban after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

  • Lawrence Cooper