Maria Sharapova future still uncertain after injury forces her out of the Linz Open

Maria Sharapova downbeat

Questions still persist over the future of Maria Sharapova after the former world number one pulled out of the Linz Open due to ongoing injury concerns.

The Russian has struggled with a shoulder injury for some time, and was a shadow of her former-self in a 6-1, 6-1 first round defeat to Serena Williams at the US Open last month.

“Of course, I’m very sorry that Maria can’t come to Linz but I understand because the health of the player has to have priority,” tournament director Sandra Reichel said.

Sharapova won the event in 2006 but has not participated since, but there was buzz a few weeks ago when she announced she was returning.

“I have so many great memories of the Linz tournament and I am really excited to be coming back to see many of my amazing fans,” Sharapova said in announcing she’d play the event earlier this year.

“I am very appreciative to the tournament and the sponsors and just very excited to play.”

Jessica Pegula and Marketa Vondrousova have also pulled out due to injury, and they will be replaced by Lesia Tsurenko and Alison Van Uytvanck.

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