Yep, even tennis players get sick, and you know it’s bad when they have to drop out of a tournament. Maria Sharapova’s Paris Open withdrawal Thursday due to illness leaves many of her fans saddened that they will not be able to see her play at the Open Gaz de France. Get more details surrounding this news below.
What’s ailing the Russian star? Reportedly a throat infection is the culprit, and after taking advice from a doctor regarding her condition, Maria Sharapova’s Paris Open win was no longer on the horizon.
The blonde beauty released a statement regarding her withdrawal, saying:
“I’ve really done everything to be ready, but unfortunately, I’m unable to play. I want to apologise to my fans and to thank the tournament for having been so understanding and supporting me.”
She was actually given a wild card spot for the event, and because of her withdrawal, France’s Stephanie Cohen-Aloro took her place. Unfortunately for Cohen-Aloro, she lost in her match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands during the second round of action.
Sharapova currently is ranked No. 13. She’s no longer the crème de la crème of the tennis world as far as her play is concerned. Could she bounce back? At 23 years old, probably not, what do you think? Sadly at such a young age, the height of her career has already come and gone.
Who is No. 1, you’re wondering? Kim Clijsters beat out Australian Jelena Dokic in the semi-finals today, giving Clijsters the No. 1 ranking in the world, the last time she held that spot was back in 2006. Safe to assume she will take the Open Gaz De France title but you never know.
So even though we won’t see a headline reading ‘Maria Sharapova, Paris Open Winner’, we’ll see her at the next tourney, and we at RightFielders wish her a speedy recovery!
Don’t forget to check out Maria’s beautiful photos plus a video below.
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