Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova hopes to be back in action in the near future, having undergone minor surgery on a shoulder problem.
The 31-year-old Russian has confirmed that she will miss the upcoming Miami Open, having already been sidelined for nearly a month after pulling out of her last-16 match at the St. Petersburg Open.
I am incredibly committed to getting back strong and, more importantly, without the pain I was playing with at the beginning of the year.Maria Sharapova
A statement from Sharapova read: "As many of you know, I have struggled with shoulder pain since last summer.
"For ten weeks post-US Open, I focused on getting my rotator cuff and scapula strong to support a surgically-repaired fraying tendon and a small labrum tear.
"Although my shoulder got strong, it didn't help the pain on impact. After a few different opinions in a few different countries, last week I had a small procedure done which will take a few weeks to heal.
"Although this has been a very long process, I am incredibly committed to getting back strong and, more importantly, without the pain I was playing with at the beginning of the year."
Meanwhile, Juan Martin del Potro is also facing more time off the court and will be unable to defend his Indian Wells title next week.
The injury-jinxed Argentinian returned to action at the Delray Beach Open last week, but was still struggling with a problem in his right knee as he lost to Mackenzie McDonald in the quarter-finals.
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