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Maria Sharapova withdraws from U.S. Open with shoulder injury
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August 21, 2013, 8:15 pm

NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday because of a right shoulder injury.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced the 2006 champion's withdrawal. Sharapova has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.

Sharapova originally was seeded third at the U.S. Open. The USTA said 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanksa would shift from No. 4 to No. 3, and all other seeded players below her would move up a spot, too.

The USTA said Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova would become the No. 32 seed.

"Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the US Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament," U.S. Open tournament director David Brewer said.  We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year.”

The draw for the year's last Grand Slam tournament is Thursday. Play begins Monday.

Sharapova's surprising exit caps a tumultuous couple of weeks for the four-time major title winner and former No. 1 player.

The Russian was sidelined by a hip injury after Wimbledon. Then she hired Jimmy Connors as her coach, an arrangement that lasted all of one match, a loss.

Sharapova last skipped the U.S. Open in 2008, when she was off the tour for about 10 months because of surgery on her right shoulder.

She won her first major title since that operation at last year's French Open, completing a career Grand Slam.

Earlier Wednesday, former top-10 player Mardy Fish of the United States withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing personal reasons.

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