Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event

CINCINNATI: Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova pulled back Saturday from one week from now’s WTA competition in Cincinnati with left lower arm damage.

The move came seven days after the previous world number one from Russia pulled back from a WTA occasion in Toronto from the damage she endured in a moment round match at Stanford, where she pulled back after her opening-round triumph.

Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and settled on the choice to pull back subsequent to counseling with the occasion therapeutic staff on Saturday.

“I touched base in Cincinnati yesterday anxious to play. In any case, following the specialist’s recommendation on location, as a safety measure for the US Open, I am lamentably pulling back from the competition with the left lower arm damage I supported in Stanford,” Sharapova said.

“I need to thank the competition for the special case opportunity and truly anticipate contending here one year from now.”

Sharapova was because of play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or fortunate failure will supplant her in the draw.

The damage cast more uncertainty over Sharapova’s cooperation at the US Open, which begins in New York on August 28. Because of her low positioning, Sharapova would require a trump card to play in the fundamental draw of the competition.

Sharapova endured the damage while playing in her first US coordinate in over two years, crushing American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.

She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due to some degree to a 15-month doping suspension for the utilization of meldonium.