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February 27, 2019
Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the Miami Open next month because a procedure on her right shoulder needs time to heal. Sharapova says she struggled since last summer with shoulder pain caused by a fraying tendon and small labrum tear. She’s tried unsuccessfully to solve the problem with exercise. The 29th-ranked Sharapova hasn’t played since pulling out of a tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, in late January after winning her first-round match.

MIAMI (AP) — Maria Sharapova says she has undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that will need a few weeks to heal, requiring her to pull out of next month’s Miami Open.

Sharapova said she’s struggled since last summer with shoulder pain caused by a fraying tendon and small labrum tear. She tried unsuccessfully to solve the problem with exercise.

“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 this year,” she wrote Wednesday on Instagram.

The five-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played since pulling out of a tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, in late January after winning her first-round match. She won three matches at the Australian Open and is ranked 29th.

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