Maria Sharapova out of Wimbledon qualifying with muscle injury

• Sharapova was due to compete in All England Club’s qualifying tournament
• She will also miss Aegon Classic in Birmingham

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from Wimbledon qualifying because of the muscle injury she sustained at the Italian Open last month.

Sharapova, who is coming back from a 15-month suspension for taking the banned drug meldonium, had been due to enter qualifying after rejecting a wild card. But she posted in a Facebook message: “After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play.”

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