Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova has pulled out from BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The reason of withdrawing from the tournament is her forearm injury that she is unable to recover from. The news was confirmed on Thursday.
The World no. 7 said in a statement, “I am extremely disappointed that I am unable to compete in this year’s BNP Paribas Open,
“I have been focused on healing my left forearm injury and tried to get my body to be 100% ready to play this event, as it is one of my favorite events on the WTA and so close to my home in LA.
“I know the tournament will be a great success this year and I will be anxious to return next year and hopefully many years after.”
Maria Sharapova has been out of action since January, when she exited from the quarter finals of the Australian Open.
This is the third time Sharapova has withdrawn from a tournament due to her forearm injury. Before the Indian Wells campaign, she has missed tournaments in Brisbane and Doha.
Mariana Duque-Marino has got an entry into the main draw for Indian Wells because of Maria Sharapova’s withdrawal from it. The tournament is scheduled from 7th March to 20th March.