Maria Sharapova, winner of five Grand Slam tournaments, has withdrawn from the US Open tennis championships because of a leg injury, the Russian said on Sunday reuters.
Sharapova, 28, has not played a match since losing to Serena Williams in the semifinals of Wimbledon in July and dropped out of hardcourt tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati in August, citing a right leg strain. “Unfortunately, I will not be able to compete in this year’s US Open,” she wrote.
Sharapova pulls out of US Open 2015 due to injury
“I have done everything possible to be ready, but it was just not enough time. To all my amazing fans, I’ll be back in the Asian tour in a few weeks and expect to finish the year strong and healthy.”
It is the second time in three years that the 2006 champion has retired the last Grand Slam event of the year.
His absence robs US Open some star power and a potential marquee showdown.
Sharapova, who has won each of the four Grand Slam tournaments during his career, was seeded to meet top-seeded world number one Serena Williams in the semifinals.
The 33-year-old Williams is campaigning to win his fourth consecutive US Open title that would give a rare great sweep Slam of the year four majors.
Russia, however, has not proven to be much more of an obstacle to the big server Williams, who has beaten Sharapova in 18 of his 20 career meetings and has not lost to her in 11 years.
Tennis Association of the United States said Sunday that Russia’s Darya Kasatkina lucky loser who will replace Sharapova in the main draw.