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World number two Maria Sharapova’s preparations for the US Open next month have again been hit by her ongoing injury problems.
The Russian continues to struggle with a niggling hip injury and announced on Monday that she has been forced to pull out of next month’s Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Sharapova, who just recently announced that she will be working with US legend Jimmy Connors as her new coach, picked up the injury during her second round defeat to Michelle Larcher de Brito at Wimbledon.
The injury has proven to be far more troublesome than everyone thought and the Rogers Cup comes too soon for her, much to her regret.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to play in Toronto next week as it’s one of the best and most important tournaments of the year,” Sharapova said on her official website.
“I was looking forward to making a healthy return to the courts in front of my Canadian fans but unfortunately I’m just not recovered yet.”
Sharapova now hopes to return to action in Cincinnati the week after in the hope she can get in some crucial match practice ahead of the US Open that begins on August 26th.