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Maria Sharapova pulls out of French Open

May 16, 2019 1:02 pm

Former French Open champion Maria Sharapova pulled out of the year’s second Grand Slam tournament on Tuesday because of her surgically repaired right shoulder.

Sharapova said she had a “small procedure” on her shoulder, which was painful since last year because of a fraying tendon and small labrum tear.

The former world No. 1 and owner of five major titles hasn’t competed anywhere since late January, when she withdrew from a tournament in Russia after winning her opening match there.

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Two time french open Champion said she has returned to practice and is “slowly building the strength back” in her shoulder.

She reached the French Open quarter-finals last year, losing  to third seed Garbine Muguruza.

In the opening Grand Slam of this year, the Russian lost to Australia’s Ashley Bartley in the round of 16.

This year’s French Open begins on 26 May and runs till 9 June.

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