You love a great tennis match, but admit it: Part of the reason you’ll be tuning in to the U.S. open next week is to watch good-looking girls battle it out on the courts. Unfortunately, Maria Sharapova will not be among the females taking a swing at this year’s title. As a result of her demanding tennis workouts, she’s experiencing bursitis in her right shoulder, causing her to pull out of the Open.
This isn’t the first time Sharapova’s had problems with her shoulder. Five years ago she underwent surgery to repair her rotator cuff, causing a 10-month break from the tour and withdrawal from the 2008 U.S. Open.
This week Sharapova shared her thoughts in a Facebook post: “Withdrawing from the U.S. Open has been a really tough decision to make. I have done everything I could since Wimbledon to get myself ready, but it just wasn’t enough time. I have done many tests, received several opinions, and it all comes down to taking the proper amount of time to heal my shoulder injury properly.”
Though she will be missed, we’re still expecting some top-quality tennis action next week. Haven’t tuned into a match since last summer? Brush up on your tennis terminology: read The Language of Love: Must-Know Tennis Lingo.