Maria Sharapova pulls out of French Open due to shoulder injury
Last Updated: 15/05/19 10:36pm
Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open due to an ongoing shoulder problem.
Sharapova won the tournament in 2012 and 2014 but has not played since January and underwent surgery on her injury the following month.
The 32-year-old announced on Instagram she would not be participating in this year's tournament, which gets underway at Roland Garros on May 26.
"Withdrawing from the French Open today. Sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easiest ones," she posted.
"In better news, I have returned to the practice court, and slowly building the strength back in my shoulder.
"I really miss you Paris, until next year."
Sharapova, a five-time grand slam winner who is currently 35th in the WTA rankings, reached the quarter-finals of the French Open last year.