Maria Sharapova to miss Miami Open with forearm injury

5-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova (Getty Pictures)

Maria Sharapova has been pressured to pull out of the Miami Open due to an injury to her forearm.

Sharapova has endured a disappointing 2018 season — her first full marketing campaign since coming back from a doping ban final yr — exiting the Australian Open within the third spherical earlier than dropping to Monica Niculescu and Naomi Osaka in her first matches on the Qatar Open and Indian Wells Masters, respectively.

The Russian, who has since cut up with longtime coach Sven Groeneveld, is a 5-time finalist in Miami however won’t have the chance to finish her anticipate a primary win on the event.

“I’m actually sorry that I’ve to withdraw from considered one of my favourite tournaments with my left forearm injury. I’m doing all the things potential to return to the tour as quickly as potential,” Sharapova stated.

Event director James Blake added: “I understand how a lot Maria needed to play Miami this yr, so I can think about her disappointment.

“We have been wanting ahead to seeing her play Wednesday, however sadly accidents are a part of the sport. We hope she recovers shortly and is again on the courtroom quickly.”

Sharapova, who gained her first WTA title in two years on the Tianjin Open final October, is ranked forty first on the planet.

Her place in the primary draw has been taken by Jennifer Brady.