February 13, 2019 / 9:55 PM / 4 days ago

Sharapova pulls out of Indian Wells with shoulder injury

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Fourth Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2019. Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during the match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

(Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova will miss next month’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells due to a right shoulder injury, organisers said on Wednesday.

The shoulder problem had also forced the 31-year-old to withdraw from her second-round match in St Petersburg, Russia last month.

“We will miss Maria this year and hope to see her back at Indian Wells next year!” the tournament said on Twitter.

Sharapova’s withdrawal allowed German Mona Barthel to secure a spot in the Indian Wells singles draw. The tournament will take place from March 4-17.

Reporting by Rory Carroll, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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