Maria Sharapova, a five-time grand slam champion, will no longer be partaking in this year’s Stanford’s Bank of the West Classic just before her second-round game.
Officials of the tournament revealed that she had to pull out because of the advice of doctors.
This means her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko has qualified to the next round.
Maria Sharapova was handed a wildcard in the tournament and won her first game 6-1 4-6 6-0 against Jennifer Brady.
She had earlier reported a thigh problem on the 16th of May.
Back After 15 Months Ban
Sharapova made her return to the court after serving a 15-month ban but was not handed a wildcard for this year’s French Open and couldn’t partake in the qualifying games for Wimbledon due to injury.
She will also miss out on this year’s US Open which kicks of on the 28 of August.
Sharapova can take part in the qualifying round of the competition but will need a wildcard to enter the tournament directly.
Maria Sharapova won her last Grand Slam at the French Open in 2014 and has been plagued with a lot of issues since then, the biggest being her drug related ban that took the sport by surprise.