Maria Sharapova’s woes continue with Miami injury withdrawal

WTA Tour

Former world number one Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s Miami Open due to injury.

It’s the latest blow in a tough start to the season for Sharapova, who hasn’t won a match since the Australian Open.

The Russian lost in the first round at both Doha and Indian Wells, and has also parted ways with her coach Sven Groeneveld.

In a statement on, Sharapova said: “I am really sorry that I have to withdraw from one of my favourite tournaments with my left forearm injury. I am doing everything possible to return to the tour as soon as possible.”

Sharapova returned from a 15-month doping ban last April, but has struggled to regain her former prominence, currently languishing at 41 in the world rankings.