Maria Sharapova out of US Open

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

The 2006 champion, Maria Sharapova, has pulled out of the US Open due to a right shoulder injury. ”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,” read a post on Sharapova’s Facebook page. ”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.” The Russian tennis star, who is a four-time major title winner and former No. 1 player, is known for her toughness and warrior spirit. ”Maria Sharapova is one of the great warriors of the tennis world,” said Gordon Smith, the US Tennis Association executive director. “If she withdrew, there’s a serious issue.” We wish Sharapova a speedy recovery.