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Maria Sharapova withdraws from French Open

Maria Sharapova withdraws from French Open

16/05/2019 at 02:14Updated 16/05/2019 at 03:26

Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open as she continues to recover from a shoulder injury.

The former world number one hasn't played a competitive match since she featured in the St Petersburg Open in January.

She revealed in February that she had undergone a small procedure which was supposed to only take a couple of weeks to heal, and had pinpointed her comeback at the Miami Open.

But the five-time Grand Slam champion was forced to delay her comeback time and time again, pulling out of the Miami event, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and the Italian Open.

And she has now confirmed she will miss the entire clay court swing following her announcement she will not be fit to take part at Roland Garros.

She confirmed the news on her Instagram story, saying: "Withdrawing from the French Open today. Sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easy ones.

"In better news, I have returned to the practice court, and slowly building the strength back in my shoulder.

"I'll really miss you Paris, until next year."