Injury setback for Maria Sharapova raises US Open concerns

Maria Sharapova wins West Classic as she returns from injury

Maria Sharapova withdrew from her match against Lesia Tsurenko at the Stanford Classic in California last night because of soreness in her left arm.

'Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from today's match, ' Sharapova said. "Monday night's crowd was so special and I wish I could continue playing, but I have to make a preventative decision". After scanning doctor advised me not to risk so as not to aggravate the injury.

She is yet to feature at a Grand Slam in 2017, after not being offered a wildcard for the French Open and missing Wimbledon through injury but she was hoping to feature at the US Open.

Sharapova, who beat Jennifer Brady in three sets in her first match in Stanford, has been forced to pull out of the tournament due to a left forearm issue. This was the first WTA tournament she had played in the United States since 2015.

It is now down at 171 following a 15-month doping ban which ended in April and her thigh injury which occurred just weeks into her comeback in Rome.

Sharapova told supporters after her Monday match that her cheers meant a great deal to her. 'All that matters is that I keep playing'. With the walkover, Tsurenko will face either Madison Keys or Caroline Dolehide in the quarterfinals.

Sharapova, who has also accepted a wild card into the WTA tournament in Cincinnati - another key warmup for the US Open - booked a second-round meeting with seventh-seeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, a 6-3, 6-3 victor over Spain's Lara Arruabarrena.

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