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Sharapova pulls out of Dubai Open with forearm strain

ANI  |  London [U.K] 

Former world number one has pulled out of next week's Duty-Free Championships due to a forearm strain.

The 30-year-old had earlier accepted a wildcard entry to make her first appearance at the tournament since 2006.

The development of Sharapova's withdrawal comes just few hours after finalist also pulled out of the Open due to

confirmed the news, saying, "Unfortunately both and have regretfully had to withdraw from the Duty-Free Championships due to and

"We are sorry that neither Maria nor Madison will be able to play in Dubai, but we still have one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the WTA event," the quoted Tahlak, as saying.

Sharapova had earlier slumped to a 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 defeat at the hands of Romania's in the opening round of the Open.

Five-time Grand Slam champion and the Russian star Sharapova has a 21-10 win-loss record since making a return to the tennis court from a 15-month doping suspension last April.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 21:45 IST