Maria Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon qualifying due to injury
Sharapova recently returned to competition after serving a drugs ban11:47 Sunday 11 June 2017, 11:47 11 Jun 2017
Maria Sharapova has decided to withdraw from Wimbledon qualifying due to injury.
Sharapova only recently returned to competition after serving a 15-month doping ban, and was planning to enter the qualification process for Wimbledon after deciding not to pursue a wild card.
The 30-year-old has not played since withdrawing from her second-round match at the Italian Open in May with a thigh issue.
Writing on her Facebook account, the five-time Grand Slam champion explained that the injury is still causing her problems:
"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.
"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."
Sharapova reached the semi-final of the Porsche Open after making her comeback, but her return was not well received by some of her competitors.
Sharapova tested positive for a banned substance called meldonium.
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