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Injury setback for Maria Sharapova raises US Open concerns

04 August, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Maria Sharapova Stanford Bank of the West Classic

"Kayla has just won the US Open in juniors and she's just very promising, so I knew I had to be concentrated today", Muguruza said after her first match since Wimbledon. After yesterday's scan, the doctor has recommended I don't risk further injury. "I would be happy to continue his speech, but must make such decision as a preventive measure", - quotes Sharapova official site WTA. For such a skillful player like Sharapova, it might be frustrating to not being allowed to deliver her best tennis due to some injuries. The former world No 1, competing in her fourth tournament after a 15-month doping ban, said she started to feel pain in her forearm during her first-round win over Jennifer Brady on Monday.

Sharapova played her first competitive match in North America since Miami Open 2015 to tune up for US Open.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova made a battling return to U.S. hardcourts on Monday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 victory over American Jennifer Brady in Stanford, California.




She is now the 15/2 fifth favourite for the final Grand Slam tournament of the season with Sky Bet, who make Victoria Azarenka and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 6/1 joint favourites.

Sharapova was scheduled to play her second-round match Wednesday night against seventh-seeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, who will advance to the quarterfinals by forfeit. Despite being forced to withdraw with a left arm injury, Sharapova will receive 55 ranking points for reaching the last 16 stages.

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