A day after celebrating the one year anniversary of her candy line, Sugarpova, Russian tennis superstar Maria Sharapova announced her withdrawal from the upcoming 2013 US Open. A right shoulder injury will keep the 2006 US Open champion from competing in Flushing Meadow. She left a message to her fans on her Facebook page:
I just wanted to let you know that withdrawing from the US Open has been a really tough decision to make. I have done everything I could since Wimbledon to get myself ready but it just wasn’t enough time. I have done many tests, received several opinions and it all comes down to taking the proper amount of time to heal my shoulder injury properly. It’s certainly not an easy decision to make ahead of one of my favorite tournaments, but I know it’s the right one that will get me back on the courts soon. 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! – Maria Sharapova
That definitely takes one of the biggest stars out of the tournament, particularly on the women’s side. From a competition standpoint, of course Masha’s presence would be wanted, but she has not had great success at the US Open since winning in 2006. Right now, Victoria Azarenka stands as a bigger threat to Serena Williams, the overwhelming favorite. Maybe even Agnieszka Radwanska could have a breakthrough. Sharapova is 1-2 since the Roland Garros final. Obviously, something is wrong with her game and/or her body. Still, Masha will be missed. Here’s hoping she gets healed and feels better soon. The women’s tour is better when Maria Sharapova is healthy and playing well.