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Maria Sharapova withdraws from US Open

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Maria Sharapova will play no part in next week's US Open after withdrawing from the final Grand Slam of the year through injury. 

The Russian was seeded third for the upcoming major, but has pulled out after suffering from inflammation in her right shoulder. 

"I've done everything I could since Wimbledon to get myself ready but it just wasn't enough time," the 26-year-old Russian said on her 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.

"It's certainly not an easy decision to make ahead of one of my favourite tournaments, but I know it's the right one that will get me back on the courts soon. I plan on taking the next few weeks off, receiving proper treatment and rehabilitation."

Her withdrawal adds to a difficult few weeks for the four-time Grand Slam champion, who parted with her coach Jimmy Connors after only one game together following her defeat to American Sloane Stephens. 

Sharapova has a history of shoulder problems, and required surgery in 2008, leaving her sidelined for nine months. 

The tennis star won the event back in 2006, and is one of a select few to win all four major tournaments in her career after she clinched the French Open in 2012. 

Agnieszka Radwanska replaces Sharapova as the third seed for next week's competition, with Serena Williams the favourite to lift the trophy as she sets out to defend her title. 

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