Yesterday Maria Sharapova injured her right shoulder and decided to withdraw from the US Open.
The U.S. Tennis Association was in charge of announcing the 26 year-old’s withdrawal.
As YouWager experts point out, Sharapova has played only one match on tour since her second-round defeat at Wimbledon in June.
The star tennis player originally was seeded third at the US Open. The USTA stated 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanksa would shift from No. 4 to No. 3, and all other seeded players below her would move up a spot, as well.
In addition, the USTA said Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova would become the No. 32 seed.
The draw for 2013’s last Grand Slam tournament is today. However, play is set to begin Monday.
Sharapova’s exit surprised many online sports betting fans and puts an end to a tumultuous couple of weeks for the four-time major title winner and former No. 1 player.
The 2006 US Open champion was sidelined by a hip injury after Wimbledon. Then Sharapova hired Jimmy Connors as her coach, an arrangement that lasted all of one match, a defeat.
The Florida resident last skipped the US Open five years ago, when she was off the tour for about 10 months because of surgery on her right shoulder.
Sharapova won her first major title since that operation at 2012’s French Open, completing a career Grand Slam.
Earlier yesterday morning, former top-10 player Mardy Fish of the United States withdrew from the US Open, due to personal reasons.