Sharapova ruled out for Miami
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."
Sharapova is priced at 33/1 to win the French Open this year, while she is available at 22/1 to triumph at Wimbledon for a second time.
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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