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Birmingham | Sharapova withdraws

Birmingham | Sharapova withdraws

Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week’s tournament in Birmingham declaring she needs extra rest before she takes on Wimbledon after a three-year absence due mainly to her being banned for taking performance enhancing drugs.

I need to take care of my body and make sure I stay healthy and sometimes that means you have to take tough decisions like this one Maria Sharapova

She was due to play there last year thanks to a wildcard issued by the LTA but couldn’t take it up citing an injury.

The 31-year-old Russian has not played Wimbledon since 20015 when she made the semi-finals. She was also champion of Wimbledon in 2004.

“I have good memories of Birmingham so I’m disappointed not to be able to play this year,” said Sharapova, a two-time champion at the Wimbledon warm-up event.

“I need to take care of my body and make sure I stay healthy and sometimes that means you have to take tough decisions like this one.”

Sharapova, the world number 23, made the French Open quarter-finals last week where she was defeated by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, winning only three games.

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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.


  1. Margaret McRobie

    She should never have been allowed back. Don’t care who they are or how big a name that are, they’re still drug cheats and should be banned from sport for life. That should apply to all sport and maybe then we might just might get clean athletes everywhere

  2. Leontia Kerr

    Should never have been let back. Drugs a big fat NO NO.


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