Maria Sharapova adds another withdrawal to the list. Due to unknown reasons, the Russian player won't compete in the Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open next week. The 31-year-old reached the third round at the Montreal's Rogers Cup: she beat Sesil Karatancheva and her compatriot Daria Kasatkina dropping just five games in total, then lost to Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-2.
Sharapova is trying to reduce the number of tournaments she plays in order not to suffer physical issues. In July she withdrew from San Jose in order to increase her longevity on the WTA Tour. It means Sharapova will approach the US Open having played just one tournament.
Maria was supposed to play for the first time since 2014, when she lost to Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals. The world No. 22 would have played there just for the fifth time in career: she won 2011 title beating Jelena Jankovic in the final, while lost the 2010 final to Kim Clijsters.
Sharapova has some regrets about her loss to Garcia in Canada, as the Russian player herself confessed in press conference on Thursday. 'I wish I could have taken those opportunities. I felt like they were really rooting for me to take those few breakpoints that I had in the second, which could turn things around', the five-time Major winner said. 'But she played too good on those.
I didn't get too many looks on shots that I could have moved in on. As I said, her depth was impressive today.' This year Sharapova suffered an arm injury in February and March, then had a great clay-court season that ended in the French Open quarter-finals.