Maria Sharapova Withdraws from US Open, Replacement Announced

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 | 0


The US Open 2015 suffered an early setback after Maria Sharapova – one of the strongest contenders for the women’s singles title – pulled out of the tournament just hours before the tournament citing a knee injury.

The 28-year-old towering Russian has been nursing a knee injury following which she has been dormant on the tennis courts ever since her semi-final defeat at the hands of top-ranked Serena Williams at the Wimbledon held in July this year.

“Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this year’s US Open,” Sharapova, the 2006 champion here in New York, wrote on her Facebook page.

“I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time,” added the statement. “To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong.”

The United States Tennis Association (USTA), later, announced Sharapova’s countrywoman Daria Kasatkina as her replacement in the main draw.

Kasatkina, 18, is currently ranked 133rd in the world rankings, and is best known for winning the girls’ singles title at the French Open Junior 2014.

The main draw of the US Open 2015 is scheduled to kick-off Monday at the renowned Flushing Meadows, New York.


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