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Maria Sharapova has been forced to pull out of the WTA Championship in Istanbul as she continues to battle a shoulder problem
Sharapova has been dogged by the injury for the last few months and has not figured since August when she crashed out of the Western and Southern Open at the second-round stage.
The injury also forced the world number three out of last month’s US Open and she will again miss out in Turkey after issuing a statement confirming her withdrawal from the season-ending event.
“I am very disappointed I will not be able to play in the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championship this year,” Sharapova said.
“The fans in Istanbul have welcomed us each year with such intense passion and warmth. I will sincerely miss the energy and excitement they bring to the year-end tournament.”
Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic make up a quality field and the rankings will decide who joins them following Sharapova’s withdrawal.
Sharapova will now be aiming to return to full fitness ahead of the next Grand Slam event which takes place in Melbourne, Australia at the start of next year.