Maria Sharapova’s return to tennis was ended abruptly today in Wuhan. Playing her first match since her Wimbledon semifinal loss to Serena Williams, Sharapova retired early in the third set against her match with Barbora Strycova due to a left forearm injury.
Sharapova missed the summer season and the US Open with a leg injury. Now the 28-year-old Russian has a new concern.
— WTA (@WTA) September 28, 2015
“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,” Sharapova said of the injury she first felt at the start of the second set. “I haven’t played a match in many months. Obviously, I guess this is the consequence of that.
“Obviously Singapore and Fed Cup are a big priority for myself,” Sharapova said. “I’ll do everything in order to be healthy for that. I don’t know how long it will take for this to recover so I can’t really give a definite answer about next week.”
Sharapova ranks No. 3 this year with two titles and a 34-8 record. Despite the injury, she was happy to be back on court.
“I was really happy to be back on the court,” Sharapova said. “I’ve gone through the injury and not playing and missing a Grand Slam, going through the rehab, going through training, this is really the moment that you work for. Certainly you lose a little bit of hand‑eye coordination, the quickness, the recovery. Nothing matches the actual atmosphere of playing in a match. So everything is a little bit new.
“I enjoyed that feeling again. That’s why it’s unfortunate to have to stop from that because you always build and you get the rust out and you hope you grow as the tournament goes along. But not in my case this tournament.”
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