Former No. 1 and 5-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova has shut down her 2018 season, withdrawing from Beijing, Tianjin and Moscow.
“Unfortunately as I recover from my right shoulder injury, I am withdrawing from Beijing, Tianjin and Moscow,” Sharapova said.
“I will miss competing at each of these tournaments, but it is important that I allow for proper rest and recovery in the upcoming weeks.
“I was looking forward to coming back to Tianjin to defend my title but unfortunately I need to give myself time to recover from injury,” she added.
“I am disappointed that I won’t be able to play in front of all of the fans in Tianjin again and I hope to be able to play there in the future. I wish everyone at the tournament a successful five-year anniversary.”
The 31-year-old Sharapova’s last match of the year was a straight-set loss to Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round of the US Open.
Sharapova is ranked No. 24.
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