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MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
01-10-2009, 10:25 PM
Sharapova withdraws from Australian Open

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (TICKER) —Maria Sharapova will not defend her title at next week’s Australian Open.

Sharapova said on Saturday that while she has made progress in regard to her shoulder injury, she does not feel she is ready to compete in the first Grand Slam of the year.

“I am very sorry to announce that I am not going to be able to defend my title at this year’s Australian Open,” Sharapova said on her web site.

“My shoulder is doing great, but I just started training a few weeks ago and I am just not near the level I need to be to compete at the highest levels.”

Sharapova won her first 18 matches last season en route to reclaiming the No. 1 ranking in the world in May. The shoulder injury then forced her out of the Olympics in Beijing as well as the U.S. Open before ending her season.

“She played some amazing tennis on Rod Laver Arena last year and has a massive legion of fans in Australia,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said.

“I know she has been working around the clock to try and get back from the shoulder injury. In the end, time beat her this year. We wish her well with her return to tennis and look forward to seeing her back in Melbourne next year. Maria is always welcome here.”

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=txsharapovawithdraws&prov=st&type=lgns

thalivest
01-10-2009, 10:28 PM
She isnt due for another slam until 2010 anyway. That is her pattern.

flyer
01-10-2009, 10:29 PM
if her shoulder is healthy she should be playing

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
01-10-2009, 10:33 PM
Let me get this straight, did she just have an injury or did she have surgery? :confused::confused:

tata
01-10-2009, 10:38 PM
Shes in rehab and shes not fully recovered from that shoulder injury since last year.

Fee
01-10-2009, 10:50 PM
Let me get this straight, did she just have an injury or did she have surgery? :confused::confused:

Pretty sure she had surgery.

egn
01-10-2009, 10:54 PM
She isnt due for another slam until 2010 anyway. That is her pattern.

Can you say 2010 French Open Sharapova for the win. I wonder if they take patterns into account for betting. Like is Serena's odds upped for the Australian Open in odd numbered years?

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
01-10-2009, 10:58 PM
Pretty sure she had surgery.

I have that feeling also, but why the big secret? :?

This isn't politics, Venus Williams had wrist surgery back in 2006 and she never mentioned it, until her mother stated it in an interview sometime last year. Either way, Maria Sharapova's comeback will be a great stimulus for the WTA tour, whenever she does come back healthy.

soyizgood
01-10-2009, 11:16 PM
Sharapova's ranking takes a dump now. Probably down to #15.

At least that's more bonding time for her and her new boyfriend. Anything to make the MASHA fans go WAAAAAAH! ;)

Vermillion
01-10-2009, 11:21 PM
omg she has a boyfriend? what sort of a deaf guy could be so lucky

DJG
01-10-2009, 11:31 PM
I'm in two minds on this: I think it is great that she put the rehab before the tournament, that is the way it should be. However, it means that there is one less "good" player around.

Thinking of it, it may mean that I'll be able to watch some more AO matches with the sound turned up.

Fee
01-10-2009, 11:50 PM
I have that feeling also, but why the big secret? :?

This isn't politics, Venus Williams had wrist surgery back in 2006 and she never mentioned it, until her mother stated it in an interview sometime last year. Either way, Maria Sharapova's comeback will be a great stimulus for the WTA tour, whenever she does come back healthy.

She did admit to it (I knew I had seen it somewhere) http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2008-12-30-sharapova-reveals-shoulder-surgery_N.htm

tacou
01-10-2009, 11:53 PM
ah no! ohwell it's Kirilenko's for the taking now.

I don't know about how her shoulder is doing, if it's healed she should play, even if she's not exactly "ready." if she's physically ready, why not?

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
01-10-2009, 11:55 PM
She did admit to it (I knew I had seen it somewhere) http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2008-12-30-sharapova-reveals-shoulder-surgery_N.htm

See!!

Unlike Sarah Palin, I don't read all of the circulations, and I have never seen this article. Hope she gets better soon and makes comeback when her body is ready. Speaking of which, when is Capriati coming back?

matchmaker
01-11-2009, 12:18 AM
Well, that is an even more important withdrawal than Davydenko on the men's side.

When Masha is on there are very few players on the WTA tour who can beat her. But the recurrent injuries she is struggling are really hurting her carreer.

navratilovafan
01-11-2009, 12:47 AM
The WTA can never get all its stars together, and that is what is destroying the WTA and making it the sad mess it has become of late. The best it was was mid 2003 when the Williams were at their peak, Henin and Clijsters were starting to enter their primes and seriously challenge the Williams, Capriati and Mauresmo were still very strong and threats, Davenport was also still a big threat. Since then the talented Sharapova has joined the fray, but the majority of them alternate being hurt and injured or slumping or bored, including Maria herself. By 2004 Henin is out much of the year with illness, Clijsters almost the whole year with injury, the Williams are not back up to snuff yet. By 2005 Capriati is gone for good, Henin not back up to her former form except on clay, Williams even more out of it. Now we have the Williams coming back to their best form in many years, but Henin is now retired at only 25, Clijsters having retired a couple years ago at 23, Mauresmo is close to retiring probably, Davenport is done, and Maria is hurting.

MarrratSafin
01-11-2009, 01:18 AM
Oh NO.:( The last thing WTA needed, and the last thing I want to see. Although I've feared this would happen already.

ispaht
01-11-2009, 01:39 AM
Until she ditches that lasso forehand, she'll continue having problems on that shoulder.

PCXL-Fan
01-11-2009, 01:42 AM
omg she has a boyfriend? what sort of a deaf guy could be so lucky

lol good one.

mrDamien
01-11-2009, 03:28 AM
Everyone does miss Sharapova a lot. Poor Maria :(. WTA need you to spice up the tour.

http://d.yimg.com/i//ng/sp/eurosport/20090111/25/ec45d719f304e4af6b9154eaba42b98a.jpg

martini1
01-11-2009, 03:48 AM
omg she has a boyfriend? what sort of a deaf guy could be so lucky

According to her ex, the only place she is loud is on court... :lol:

mrDamien
01-11-2009, 04:28 AM
Who is Sharapova boyfriend?

miyagi
01-11-2009, 04:37 AM
Whats up with people saying she should play? If she is injured she is just that, let her fully recover first....when she is better then she would obviously play!

edmondsm
01-11-2009, 04:44 AM
The shoulder must not be that great if she is not going to attempt to defend any of those ranking points.

swedechris
01-11-2009, 05:02 AM
omg she has a boyfriend? what sort of a deaf guy could be so lucky

the usage of cotton wool is underrated. ..:)

swedechris
01-11-2009, 05:03 AM
According to her ex, the only place she is loud is on court... :lol:

he probably began with only 50% of normal hearing to begin with when they met and now 25 % left to go,so thats the reason...:)

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
01-11-2009, 09:53 AM
Who is Sharapova boyfriend?

It's not you sir, here is hoping she gets well soon. I miss the little pointless banter. :)

mentalcase
01-11-2009, 10:59 AM
Who is Sharapova boyfriend?

http://img24.imagevenue.com/aAfkjfp01fo1i-28534/loc844/22535_sharapova10_122_844lo.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p222/kasia1992/kasia1992x/09_lakers2_large.gif

Fee
01-11-2009, 11:36 AM
Dick Ebersol's son, I can't remember his first name.

PCXL-Fan
01-11-2009, 11:57 AM
Poor Djokovic....

Morrissey
01-11-2009, 11:58 AM
Charlie Ebersol

shell
01-11-2009, 03:29 PM
I fear the end is near.

sureshs
01-11-2009, 05:13 PM
I fear the end is near.

Me too. I just don't like the feeling of this. I suspect the shoulder is not really OK.

shell
01-11-2009, 05:25 PM
Me too. I just don't like the feeling of this. I suspect the shoulder is not really OK.

Yes, an acute injury is one thing. But a chronic injury, one that is so important to her style of game, is another to overcome. I really wonder if she will be able to overcome this. Maybe short spurts here and there, but I fear this is the injury that will hamper her career, and possibly end it too short.

Mansewerz
01-11-2009, 06:13 PM
She should play lefty. Might turn out like someone else I know....:D

Oui, c'est moi.
01-11-2009, 06:23 PM
Hahaha Manz, for a moment i thought you were someone else i know.


Anyway, sorry to burst your bubble but Masha isn't as talented as him. ;)

tennis_hand
01-11-2009, 06:36 PM
i think she's finished.

even if she comes back, the shoulder will constantly bother her again.

veroniquem
01-11-2009, 06:39 PM
She should play lefty. Might turn out like someone else I know....:D
Are you Nadal Freak? Have you been all along :shock:?

Mansewerz
01-11-2009, 06:40 PM
Are you Nadal Freak? Have you been all along :shock:?

He's my long lost cousin.......:D

crazylevity
01-11-2009, 09:15 PM
Ahh...good. I was wondering if I needed to bring earplugs to my matches at Rod Laver Arena. Now I guess that's one less thing to worry about.

moonbat
01-11-2009, 09:20 PM
Until she ditches that lasso forehand, she'll continue having problems on that shoulder.

I think her serve is the real culprit.