Maria Sharapova return at Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open cut short by another injury

Published: Monday 28th September 2015 by The News Editor

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Maria Sharapova’s return to action after a three-month absence was cut short by injury at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.

The second seed, who had been sidelined by a leg injury, was leading Barbora Strycova 7-6 (7/1) 6-7 (4/7) 2-1 when she was forced to retire from her first match since Wimbledon with a wrist problem.

The 28-year-old called for the trainer during the second set tie-break and although she continued for a short while after lengthy treatment she signalled to the umpire that she could not continue.

Sharapova said: “It (the injury) happened around the beginning of the second set. Yeah, I got pain in my left forearm. It just got worse and worse as I continued. I think quite evident on the backhand side. Just lost a lot of power.

“And, yeah, I just don’t think it’s smart to continue trying to run around the court and trying to hit forehands from the backhand side and compensate other things. You know, I haven’t played a match in many months. Obviously, I guess this is the consequence of that. I just have to work on getting it better.”

Despite her return being cut short the world number three was happy to be back playing again, adding: “I was really happy to be back on the court. I’ve gone through the injury and not playing and missing a grand slam, going through the rehab, going through training, this is really the moment that you work for.

“I enjoyed that feeling again. That’s why it’s unfortunate to have to stop from that because you always build and you get the rust out and you hope you grow as the tournament goes along, but not in my case this tournament.”

Venus Williams ended the hopes of world number seven and 10th seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the first hurdle with a 6-1 7-6 (7/4) victory in her first match back on court following her exit at the US Open.

Number nine seed Ana Ivanovic cruised through with a comfortable 6-1 6-3 victory over Alexandra Dulgheru.

Fifteenth seed Roberta Vinci came from behind to beat Danka Kovinic 5-7 6-1 6-3 in her first match since losing the US Open final to fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta.

The eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova was given a good workout by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni but eventually came through 7-6 (7/4) 5-7 7-6 (7/5) and Madison Keys got the better of Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7/4).

Sara Errani was another seed to go home early after the 16th seed was beaten 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-2 by Caroline Garcia.

Published: Monday 28th September 2015 by The News Editor

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