Sharapova withdraws from French Open

Published : 19:40, May 16, 2019 | Updated : 19:46, May 16, 2019

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning a point in the first set of a first round match against Patty Schnyder of Switzerland on day two of the 2018 on Aug 28, 2018; New York, NY, USA. REUTERS/USA TODAY Sports/Jerry LaiTwice champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open after failing to recover fully from shoulder surgery, the former world number one said on Wednesday.

“Withdrawing from the French Open today. Sometimes the right decisions aren’t always the easiest ones,” the Russian wrote on Instagram.

The 32-year-old, who has won five Grand Slam titles, has not played since the end of January and underwent shoulder surgery at the end of February.

The French Open starts in Paris on May 26.

“In better news, I have returned to the practice court, and slowly building the strength back in my shoulder,” she added.