US Open 2015: Maria Sharapova withdraws due to leg injury

World No3 Maria Sharapova pulls out of the US Open due to an injury to her right leg

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the US Open due to a leg injury.

The Russian had been struggling with a problem in her right leg in the build-up to the Flushing Meadows tournament and missed the lead-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati due to the injury.

I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time

Maria Sharapova

The world No3 confirmed with a post on her Facebook page on Sunday evening that she would not be competing at the year’s final Grand Slam, which gets under way on Monday.

“Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this years US Open,” said Sharapova.

“I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time.

“To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong.”

Asked about her fitness prior to the news of her withdrawal, Sharapova appeared to be optimistic about her chances of featuring in New York.

“It’s always the adjustment of being a professional athlete in a sport that requires many weeks out of the year to compete at a high level,” Sharapova said on Saturday.

“You don’t always know where some things come from, but sometimes you have to make adjustments to be healthy and ready for the big ones. I’ve had to make some adjustments throughout the year and it only gets tougher as you get older, of course.

“I’m feeling better now, it’s just a time thing. It’s almost like a day to day process.”

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