Maria Sharapova out of Miami Open after undergoing ‘small procedure’ on shoulder

Maria Sharapova looking dejected

Maria Sharapova has undergone a “small procedure” on her troublesome shoulder, which has forced her to withdraw from the Miami Open.

The former world No 1 last played competitive tennis at the end of January when she won her opening match at the St Petersburg Open.

However, she pulled out her second-round clash due to injury and then also announced she would skip the Indian Wells Masters at the start of March due to the shoulder problem.

And that same injury will also keep her out of the Miami event.

“I have just withdrawn from the Miami Open and wanted to give you a little update on the shoulder,” she is quoted as saying by the WTA website.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.”

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