Maria Sharapova’s quest for her sixth Grand Slam title will have to wait. The 28-year-old took to Facebook yesterday explaining her decision to withdraw due to a leg injury.
“Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this years US Open. I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time. To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong.”
Sharapova missed out on ATP tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati in order to try and recover for the US Open. She suffered the injury in a training session after her semifinal loss to Serena Williams at Wimbledon. There’s no word on whether this leg injury is related to the one she sustained back in April.
Maria Sharapova is currently ranked third in the world and had the number two seed entering the tournament at Flushing Meadows. The Russian had a favorable draw heading into the US Open, a potential matchup with Serena Williams in the Semifinal seemed likely before the injury.
It’s a shame that tennis fans were robbed of this possible showdown, especially considering how entertaining their duel at the 2015 Australian Open Final was.
Sharapova hasn’t won a Grand Slam since the 2014 French Open. It’s clear that she wants to be as close to 100% as she can if has any chance of taking out the favorites such as Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.
Sharapova had 15-1 odds to win her 2nd US Open title, her last title at Flushing Meadows came nine years ago in 2006. The Florida native has a had a history of injuries in the past, including a shoulder injury which kept her out of the 2013 US Open as well.
Maria Sharapova will be replaced by another Russian Daria Kasatkina in the US Open draw.