Maria Sharapova is not competing on a tennis court any time soon. Sharapova, ranked No. 3 in the world tennis will miss the tournament in Istanbul from Oct. 22-27. She has pulled out because of the right shoulder injury which saw her miss the US Open in August and September.
“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play,” said Sharapova.
“I will start my off-season preparations early and use my exhibition matches in the month of December in Bogota, Mexico City and Thailand to get some matches going.”
Sharapova turned professional at the age of 14, claimed her first WTA victory at the 2003 AIG Japan Open and also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon on her first attempt during the same year.
Victory came in 2004 when she won the singles title there, becoming Russia’s first woman Wimbledon champion. At the end of 2004 she added the WTA Championship title to her list of achievements. But things are not going well with her due to a right shoulder injury. The 26-year-old Russian has not played since losing to Sloane Stephens in the second round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati in August.
Already qualified for the championship are Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic. The tournament features the top eight singles players and top four doubles teams.