Third seed Maria Sharapova bowed out of the US open due to a recurring shoulder injury. Sharapova, who won the 2006 edition, has only played one match since Wimbledon. The 26 year old lost the second round match of the Western and Southern open in Cincinnati against Sloane Stephen.
Sharapova has been plagued with shoulder problems since the start of her career and this is not the first grand slam she is forced to miss. A shoulder inflammation has forced her to drop out from the year’s last grand slam. Sharapova was disappointed and claimed that this decision was very tough on her.
The four-time grand slam champion apologized to her fans through Facebook and posted, “I just wanted to let you know that withdrawing from the US Open has been a really tough decision to make… I plan on taking the next few weeks off, receiving proper treatment and rehabilitation. I will miss being part of the US Open, but can't wait for next year!"
Whatever the case may be, she has several weeks now to get her problematic shoulder back to being its super-fit self as well as promoting her new business.
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One of the richest players around, she earned$23 million in endorsement deals and appearance fees last year only. Apart from her candy business, she also has a range of personalized jewelry, hair accessories, apparel and cosmetic cases at Henri Bendel in New York.
So even though she hasn’t beaten Serena Williams since 2004 in a match and has now sort of left the field for Polish player Agnieszka Radwanska, she is pretty set as far as her goals are concerned even if they are off the field for a while!