Maria Sharapova is out of the U.S. Open.
The 2006 champion withdrew Wednesday because of bursitis in her right shoulder.
“Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the U.S. Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament,” according to a statement from U.S. Open tournament director David Brewer. “We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year.”
Sharapova’s agent, Max Eisenbud, told USA TODAY Sports her shoulder has been bothering her since before the French Open in May.
Agnieszka Radwanska will move up to the No. 3 seed in women’s singles. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova becomes the No. 32 seed.
The draw for the year’s final Grand Slam tournament is Thursday. Play will begin Monday.
Sharapova had been in the news the day before over rumors she had planned to change her name for the duration of the event to Sugarpova, her line of gummy candies. She attended a promotion Tuesday night in Manhattan for Sugarpova.
Sharapova was sidelined by a hip injury after Wimbledon. Then she hired Jimmy Connors as her coach, an arrangement that lasted one match, a loss, last week at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.
Sharapova last skipped the U.S. Open in 2008, when she was off the Tour for about 10 months because of surgery on her right shoulder. She won her first major title since that operation at last year’s French Open, completing a career Grand Slam.
Earlier on Wednesday, former top-10 player Mardy Fish of the United States withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing personal reasons.
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