PARIS: Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open 2019 because of an ongoing shoulder injury.
The 32-year-old, who made the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open, has not played since pulling out of the St Petersburg Open in January, citing a problem with her right shoulder.
Sharapova, who won the Roland Garros title in 2012 and 2014, revealed her decision in a post on Instagram. She said: “Withdrawing from the French Open, sometimes the right decisions aren’t always the easy ones.”
Sharapova ended her social media post on an upbeat note, adding: “In better news, I have returned to the practice court, and slowly building the strength back in my shoulder.”