World number three Maria Sharapova on Thursday announced on her website that she has to pull out of the Beijing Olympics due to shoulder injury.
“After yesterday’s match I knew there was something seriously wrong with my shoulder,” said Sharapova, who walked over the ongoing Montreal Cup third round match against Japanese Ai Sugiyama.
“After taking a few different exams and MRIs this morning, the doctors found two small tears in the tendons of my shoulder. I’m currently packing up really quick to hop on the plane and head to New York for a second opinion but I wanted to let all of you know first that there’s no chance of me competing in Beijing.
“There are so many mixed feelings because last night they were almost positive there was something wrong with my nerve, which could have ultimately been much more serious.