Sharapova withdraws from Wuhan Open

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World No.3 Maria Sharapova of Russia pulled out from the Wuhan Open (China), failing to finish the match against Barbora Strycova (No.41) of the Czech Republic.

The Russian tennis player was leading 7-6(1), 6-7(4), 2-1 at the time of the retirement.

She called for the trainer to look at the troublesome right forearm after the first game of the decider and, despite persevering for a few more games, signaled to the umpire that she would be unable to continue the match.

“I got pain in my left forearm. It just got worse and worse as I continued,” Maria Sharapova said in her post-match press conference. “I just don't think it's smart to continue trying to run around the court and trying to hit forehands from the backhand side and compensate other things."

“I haven't played a match in many months. I guess this is the consequence of that. I just have to work on getting it better,” she added.

Sharapova can add her forearm to a growing list of injuries that disrupted her career in recent years. However, the Russian was quick to dismiss fears that it may prematurely curtail her season.

“I've had my fair share of serious injuries, and I know this is far from it, something I just have to take care of. I mean obviously Singapore and Fed Cup is a big priority for myself. I'll do everything in order to be healthy for that,” she admitted.

About Wuhan Open

The Wuhan Open is staged in China on 27 September – 3 October. The tournament prize money is $2,212,250. The reigning champion is Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

The Wuhan Open was one of three WTA events in China new to the calendar in 2014. It is also one of two Premier-level stops in China.

Sandwiched in between Premier events in Tokyo and Beijing during the WTA's Asian swing, the Wuhan Open takes place at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center.

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and the most populous city in Central China, is often referred to as the country's economic and geographical center. It is also the hometown of two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na.

Further tournaments

Let us remind you that the Russian tennis player hasn’t competed since Wimbledon and had to withdraw from the US Open due to her leg injury.

However, she has already qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. The BNP Paribas WTA Finals will be staged in Singapore on 23 October - 1 November, featuring the Top-8 singles players competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in women’s tennis. The tournament prize money is $7 million.

Moreover, Sharapova claims to play in the Fed Cup final match against the Czech Republic. The final rivalry will be staged in Prague on 14-15 November.

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