In First Match Since Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova Retires With A Left Forearm Injury In Wuhan
by Tom Gainey | September 28th, 2015, 10:45 am

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.

“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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6 Comments for In First Match Since Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova Retires With A Left Forearm Injury In Wuhan

MIa0007 Says:

Hope she recovers, miss having her on the tournaments.

jane Says:

i sometimes wonder how long she’ll last. she’ a fighter like rafa, but she’s had quite a few injuries like him too.

jalep Says:

Yeah, jane. Hope she can have all parts working soon. Not a huge fan – but when she’s not in the draw, I miss her.

FedExpress Says:

wozniacki lost
azarenak retired
benici retired
sharapova retired
radwanska lost

state of women tennis?

jalep Says:


Bencic and Agnieszka were probably all tapped out from playing Tokyo. Unlike it being sort of a slow last couple weeks for ATP, WTA really had a great field in Tokyo (minus Serena and Maria) and this week Wuhan is loaded with good matches (in my opinion). Lotsa players are still fighting to make the year-end Final in Singapore.

Wuhan Wednesday matches:

Ivanovic v Muguruza
Venus v Carla Suarez Navarro
Kvitova v Vinci
Halep v the red hot Jo Konta
Kerber v Giorgi
Kiki Mladenovic v Ana Karolina Schmiedlova!
Karolina Pliskova v Svitolina
Strycova v Vandewhege

The only one I’m puzzled about losing first round in Wuhan is Vika. Would like Bencic and Azarenka to make it to Singapore. Still 6 tournaments left.

jalep Says:

This is a new trophy for the players ranked 9-19 plus a wild card admission. Very cool idea – 700 pts. to the winner and lots of money. Now I don’t feel so bad about my favorites just missing out going to Singapore.

And Vika retired with a thigh injury in Wuhan :/

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