After missing the French and the grass seasons, Maria Sharapova’s return to the WTA was cut short yesterday after the former No. 1 had to withdraw from the Stanford event prior to her match against Lesia Tsurenko because of a forearm injury sustained her in opening round win Monday over Jennifer Brady. And she also withdrew from next week’s Canadian Open in Toronto.
“Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from today’s match,” Sharapova said in a statement. “Toward the end of Monday night’s match, I felt pain in my left forearm. After yesterday’s scan, the doctor has recommended I don’t risk further injury. Monday night’s crowd was so special and I wish I could continue playing, but I have to make a preventative decision.”
Sharapova suffered a thigh injury in Rome which forced her out of the French and the grass season, but returned last month for team tennis and then won a first round match in Stanford over Brady. She is still scheduled to play Cincinnati later this month.
It remains unclear if Sharapova, should she be healthy, will be granted a spot in the US Open.
Elsewhere in Stanford, Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza whipped Kayla Day 6-2, 6-0 in her first match since winning Wimbledon.
“[Wimbledon] is just another tournament,” Muguruza said. “I know it might sound weird because of course winning it gives me confidence but it doesn’t mean that I’m going to come here and because I just won Wimbledon I think it’s going to be easier to win matches. It’s not at all.
“I’m just working on trying to forget what happened and just starting Stanford. Stanford is my goal, and that’s it.”
Madison Keys and Ana Konjuh were also winners.
Americans CC Bellis, Coco Vandeweghe and Alison Riske are in action Thursday. So too is 2-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
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