Maria Sharapova withdraws from Stanford Classic with injury

Maria Sharapova in action during her first round win over Jennifer Brady in Stanford

Last year Sharapova served a 15-month suspension after testing positive for meldonium, a heart medication added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list in 2015. For such a skillful player like Sharapova, it might be frustrating to not being allowed to deliver her best tennis due to some injuries.

Sharapova said: 'I am so sorry to be missing Rogers Cup this year.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Thursday from next week's WTA Rogers Cup tournament in Toronto with a sore left forearm, Tennis Canada announced.

The Russian missed eight weeks of action with a leg injury before returning with a three-set victory over Jennifer Brady on Monday.

Citing left arm soreness, Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

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She had not played in the U.S. since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium. After scanning doctor advised me not to risk so as not to aggravate the injury.

Even before her injury woes began, she took an early loss in Madrid to outspoken critic Genie Bouchard and was denied a wild card into the French Open by tournament organizers despite winning the event in 2012 and 2014.

Sharapova was scheduled to play Lesia Tsurenko Wednesday, so the seventh-seeded Ukrainian advanced to the quarterfinals with the walkover.

Once again, Sharapova saw her odds sinking after having played only a match at Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, CA. "We know many of our fans were excited to see her play".

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