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Maria Sharapova withdraws from French Open

Maria Sharapova withdraws from French Open

15/05/2019 at 20:14Updated 15/05/2019 at 21:26

Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open as she continues to recover from a shoulder injury.

The former world number one hasn't played a competitive match since she featured in the St Petersburg Open in January.

She revealed in February that she had undergone a small procedure which was supposed to only take a couple of weeks to heal, and had pinpointed her comeback at the Miami Open.

But the five-time Grand Slam champion was forced to delay her comeback time and time again, pulling out of the Miami event, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and the Italian Open.

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She confirmed the news on her Instagram story, saying: "Withdrawing from the French Open today. Sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easy ones.

"In better news, I have returned to the practice court, and slowly building the strength back in my shoulder.

"I'll really miss you Paris, until next year."