According to BCC Sports, the five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from Stanford’s Bank of the West Classic before her scheduled second-round match.
She withdrew from the Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday on medical advice from her doctor after feeling pain in her left arm during her first round victory. This means that Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine moves straight into the quarterfinals where she’d face the winner of the all-American clash Madison Keys and Caroline Dolehide.
In an official statement, Sharapova said: “Toward the end of Monday night’s match, I felt pain in my left forearm. After yesterday’s scan, the doctor has recommended I don’t risk further injury. Monday night’s crowd was so special and I wish I could continue playing, but I have to make a preventive decision.”
She had defeated Jennifer Brady 6-1 4-6 6-0 on Monday, and looked set for another victory on Wednesday before her withdrawal.
Reacting to Sharapova’s withdrawal from the tournament, the Bank of the West Classic Tournament Director Vickie Gunnarsson said: “This is definitely tough for Maria. She has so many fans which was evident by the support she received here on Monday night. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the court soon.”