Sharapova forced to withdraw
Maria Sharapova won her second round match at the Rogers Cup yesterday, but was forced to withdraw from her third-rounder against Ai Sugiyama because of a shoulder injury. Sharapova beat Marta Domachowska 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 but said that she considered not coming out for the third set in that match. She called for the trainer when she was trailing 3-4 in the second set, but managed to play on.
“It’s obviously unfortunate,” Sharapova said. “You know, you try to do every little possible thing you can. But at the end of the day when you go on court and you’re thinking about aggravating things, you’re thinking about an injury, it’s not really the way to play.”
“At the end of the day, it’s tough to go on court and not be close to even 50 percent,” Sharapova said. “I’m too good of a player to go out there and try to fight through something that I think can eventually become something serious.”
Tough break for Maria. She said that her status for the Olympics and the US Open will depend on the test results she receives on the right shoulder. Let’s hope she is healthy enough to play both!