Sharapova (forearm) withdraws from Stanford tourney

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I am disappointed that an injury to me, take again the gap of the tennis courts, but I'm going to work with force to resume the practice of the sport that I love as quickly as possible. "I am so appreciative to the tournament for the wild card and my fans in Toronto for their support".

"Toward the end of the Monday night's match, I felt pain in my left forearm", said Sharapova, according to the Associated Press.

Citing left arm soreness, Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. This was the first WTA tournament she had played in the United States since 2015.

Sharapova, ranked 171st, defeated Jennifer Brady, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0, in her opener on Monday.

"I had a bit of a letdown but that's the way it is", Sharapova said.

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"I had a bit of a let-down but that's the way it is; you finish a set and think you've got it, but she came out firing, capable of hitting winners and big serves".

The absence of Sharapova opens the door to the main table to the young canadian Bianca Andreescu, who had been offered an invitation to the round of qualifications. As long as I'm the one winning the last point, I get to play another match, and another. "I feel like I'm playing catch-up against everyone who's had a head start", Sharapova said.

"All that matters is that I keep playing", the victor said.

Top-seeded and reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will play 17-year-old American Kayla Day, a 6-4, 6-2 victor over Japanese veteran Misaki Doi.

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