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Sharapova out of Wimbledon

Sharapova out of Wimbledon

Sharapova out of Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from Wimbledon qualifying due to a muscle injury, which will sideline the former world No 1 for the entirety of the grass court season.

Sharapova said Saturday that the muscle tear she got at the Italian Open last month will not allow her to compete at grass-court tournaments she was scheduled to play.

The Wimbledon organisers took the same stance of the French Open, who also denied the Russian a wildcard entry.

Sharapova made her comeback on the WTA Tour in April, having been banned for taking meldonium at the 2015 Australian Open after the substance had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.

The 30-year-old was due to compete in the qualifying event at Roehampton later this month, but her hopes of making the main draw are now over. "I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford (July 31 to August 6)".

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She was champion in NY in 2006. Her performances then tailed off, with a Madrid second-round loss and the Rome thigh injury a week later which forced her to retire in a second-round match.

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Maria Sharapova announced on Saturday that she will not play in Wimbledon this summer.

Sharapova was banned after testing positive for meldonium, a heart disease medecine, at the Australian Open a year ago, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport found she was not an "intentional doper".

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