WTA Tour

Sharapova's French Open participation in doubt

Maria Sharapova (AP)
Maria Sharapova (AP)

Cape Town - Maria Sharapova's involvement at Roland Garros this year is in serious doubt after she was forced to delay her comeback yet again.

The former world No 1's last competitive match was at the end of January at the St Petersburg Open as she has been sidelined with a shoulder injury ever since.

She announced in February that she had a "small procedure done which will take a few weeks to heal", but was hopeful of competing at the Miami Open.

However, she withdrew from the Miami event, last week's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and now the Italian Open, which takes place from May 13-19, as well.

Rome organisers confirmed on Wednesday that three-time champion Sharapova would be replaced by world No 45 Viktoria Kuzmova in the draw.

For Sharapova, her chances of competing at Roland Garros this year are looking slim with the tournament starting on May 26.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
42% - 9895 votes
11% - 2654 votes
19% - 4475 votes
2% - 588 votes
1% - 219 votes
2% - 549 votes
5% - 1172 votes
8% - 1975 votes
3% - 802 votes
Water sports
1% - 212 votes
American sports
1% - 293 votes
3% - 757 votes