Maria Sharapova withdraws from Miami Open after undergoing shoulder surgery

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Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next month’s Miami Open after undergoing minor shoulder surgery.

The 31-year-old former world number one announced she had had a “small procedure” on her right shoulder on Instagram.

“As many of you know, I have struggled with shoulder pain since last summer,” Sharapova said.

“For 10 weeks post US Open, I focused on getting my rotator cuff and scapula strong to support a surgically repaired fraying tendon and a small labrum tear.

“Although my shoulder got strong, it didn’t help the pain on impact. After a few different opinions in a few different countries, last week I had a small procedure done which will take a few weeks to heal.

“Although this has been a very long process, I am incredibly committed to getting back strong and more importantly without the pain I was playing with at the beginning of the year.”

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Sharapova, currently 29th in the WTA rankings, reached the last 16 of the Australian Open earlier this year, but has not won a tournament since the Tianjin Open in October 2017. 

The Miami Open is due to start on March 18.

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