Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the 2019 edition of the Miami Open after having to undergo a surgery on her injured shoulder.
The multiple Grand Slam winner had earlier decided not to participate in the Indian Wells Open either because of that very shoulder problem and she has now undergone, what has been described as a “small procedure” on her shoulder.
It’s been over a month since she last participated at the top level, having withdrawn from her second round match at the St Petersburg Open. This was after she won the first match but couldn’t continue on in the tournament because of her shoulder problem.
It looked like things were a lot more serious when she opted out of the Indian Wells Open too and it is the same issue now that will prevent her from participating in the Miami Open as well.
She said in a press released on the official WTA website:
“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 the year.”
Sharapova, who is now ranked 29th in the world, has been a five-time Miami Open finalist, but never since the 2013 edition. Incidentally, she lost each time, and to five different opponents. She also has two Indian Wells Open titles.