St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova
is done playing tennis for 2013.
The world No. 3 Russian star withdrew from the upcoming season-ending WTA
Championships because of a right shoulder injury, which also forced her to
skip the U.S. Open.
Sharapova was the Championships runner-up in Istanbul last year.
"I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in the TEB BNP Paribas
WTA Championships this year," Sharapova said. "The fans in Istanbul have
welcomed us each year with such intense passion and warmth, I will sincerely
miss the energy and excitement they brought to the year-end tournament. I want
to thank Istanbul for being a tremendous host and hope to play in Turkey
sometime in the future."
This is the last year Istanbul will host the tournament, as The Championships
shift to Singapore next year.
This season, Sharapova captured titles in Indian Wells and Stuttgart, and was
a runner-up in Miami, Madrid and at the French Open, losing each time to
current No. 1 Serena Williams.
After bowing out of Wimbledon in the second round, Sharapova cut ties with her
long-time coach Thomas Hogstedt and then had a brief partnership with the
legendary Jimmy Connors, which lasted for one match.
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