Sharapova out of Wimbledon, grass court season

Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Wimbledon qualifying with a muscle injury which will see the former world No 1 miss the entire grass court season.

Sharapova was due to compete in qualifying at Roehampton this month, but her hopes of making the main draw have now been dashed.

The 30-year old five-time Grand Slam winner, who recently returned from a 15-month doping ban will now next see action in the hard court season.

She was also scheduled to play in Birmingham at the AEGON Classic, a key warm-up tournament for Wimbledon, after receiving a wildcard but said the muscle injury she suffered in Rome had not cleared up.

"After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play," Sharapova posted on Facebook.

"I want to thank the LTA for their amazing support on my return and providing me with a Birmingham wild card, a tournament which I hope many of you will be able to attend. I look forward to meeting you there next year.

"I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford."

Since returning to action, Sharapova played at April’s Stuttgart Open, where she reached the semi-finals. She also made it to the final 32 of the Madrid Open.

However, she failed to secure a qualifying spot for Roland Garros and the two-time champion was denied a wild card into the main draw by tournament organisers.

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