Maria Sharipova of Russia has announced that she is withdrawing from the upcoming U.S. Open due to a leg injury.
The 3rd rated female tennis player is 28-years-old. This is the second tournament she will be missing at Flushing Meadows in three years. She has not played since losing in the Wimbledon semi-finals earlier this season.
Sharipova, who won the U.S. Open in 2006, posted on Facebook, “unfortunately, I will not be able to compete in this year’s U.S. Open. I have done everything possible to be ready, but it was just not enough time. To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look foward to finishing the year healthy and strong.”
Daria Kasatkina, 18-years-old, will be replacing Sharipova in the draw. Kasatkina is ranked 133rd in the world.