The five-time Grand Slam champion and a former world no. 1 Maria Sharapova has played just three tournaments so far in 2019, losing in the quarter-final of Shenzhen and the fourth round of the Australian Open. Maria was forced to withdraw before the second round clash against Daria Kasatkina at St.
Petersburg Ladies Trophy at the end of January due to a right shoulder injury, struggling to play injury-free ever since she came back to competition in 2017. Sharapova did her best to overcome the pain and start playing without problems but she had to withdraw and reach her team of doctors to see how serious the injury was.
After seeking different opinions and possibilities, the 31-year-old decided to undergo a small procedure last week and she has announced the withdrawal from Miami, already sidelined from Indian Wells. Maria is eager to get back at her best and make a comeback during the clay season where she played well in 2018, advancing into the quarter-final in Madrid, the semi-final in Rome and the quarter-final at Roland Garros.
"I have just withdrawn from Miami Open and wanted to give you a little update on the shoulder. As many of you know, I have struggled with shoulder pain since last summer. For ten weeks post US Open, I focused on getting my rotator cuff and scapula strong to support a surgically repaired fraying tendon and a small labrum tear.
Although my shoulder got strong, it didn't help the pain on impact. After a few different opinions in a few different countries, last week I had a small procedure done which will take a few weeks to heal. Although this has been a very long process, I am incredibly committed to getting back strong and more importantly without the pain I was playing with at the beginning of this year."