WTA: Season over for Maria Sharapova

Rex Christensen
September 20, 2018

After reaching the fourth round of the US Open, the five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has chose to withdraw from the upcoming events in Beijing, Tianjin, and Moscow and finish her season after just 11 tournaments played in 2018!

The former number one of the world issued a statement on the website of the Women's Tennis Association, in which she said she needs to rest despite the interest in defending the title she holds in Chinese competition.

"I am disappointed that I won't be able to play in front of all of the fans in Tianjin again and I hope to be able to play there in the future". That same event is where she started her 2018 season and put together one of her best tournament runs of the year as she reached the semifinals.

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It means the five-time Grand Slam victor finished the 2018 season without a title while her last competitive game of the year was a last-16 exit at the US Open.

Sharapova reached the quarter-finals of this year's French Open but was comprehensively beaten in straight sets by Garbine Muguruza.

The WTA said Sharapova expects to start her 2019 season at the Shenzhen Open, which begins December 31 in the southeast China city.

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