Sharapova withdraws from Toronto tournament

Fri Aug 7, 2015 9:58pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's U.S. Open preparations took a major blow with the Russian world number two forced to withdraw from next week's WTA event in Toronto.

The 28-year-old Russian withdrew due to a right leg strain, tournament organizers said on Friday.

Sharapova has not played since she lost to world number one Serena Williams in the Wimbledon semi-finals on July 9 and played just 10 tournament so far this year.

The Rogers Cup in Toronto is a key stop on the North American hardcourt circuit before the year's final grand slam at Flushing Meadows in New York from Aug. 31-Sept 13.

(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 9, 2015.                                    REUTERS/Toby Melville