Maria Sharapova joined Roger Federer as former champions to withdraw from next week’s Indian Wells Masters events due to continued issues with her left forearm.
“I am extremely disappointed that I am unable to compete in this year’s BNP Paribas Open,” Sharapova said. “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 favorites 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 won Indian Wells in 2006 and 2013. The 7th-ranked Sharapova has played just one event this year reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open where she lost to Serena Williams.
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