French Open: Former champion Maria Sharapova pulls out of tournament with shoulder injury

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Former French Open champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from this year's tournament because of her long-standing shoulder problem.

The 32-year-old world number 35 has not played since pulling out of an event in her native Russia at the end of January and had a small operation in February.

"Sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easiest ones," the five-time Grand Slam winner said.

This year's French Open begins on 26 May and runs to 9 June.

Sharapova, who won the French title in 2012 and 2014, returned to the tour in April 2017 after a 15-month ban for taking the banned drug meldonium.

 

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