Hot on the heels of world No. 1 Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova shocked the tennis world over the weekend by withdrawing from next week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, complaining of fatigue.
Sharapova lost in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells on Friday against fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, snapping an unbeaten 18-0 win-loss record in 2008.
The player-mandatory Sony Ericsson Open is perhaps the WTA Tour’s highest-profile event on the calendar outside the Grand Slams, begging the question how the tour will fine the Russian.
“This year is so young, and I still have so many big tournaments ahead of me and so many goals that I want to achieve this year,” Sharapova said before pulling out of Miami.
“My body is kind of hurting a little bit,” Sharapova said. “At this point of the year I can’t really be putting any pressure to myself and saying, ‘You’ve got to go out there and play next week.’ If I’m not going to be ready, I’m not going to be ready. No one’s forcing me to go out there and play.”
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