Sharapova will not play the tournament

September 18 2018 by Press Print This Article

We have been advised that due to injury Maria Sharapova will not be playing the rest of the 2018 WTA season and as such has withdrawn from the Tianjin Open. We are disappointed that Maria, our defending champion, won't be able to play our five year anniversary event and wish her a speedy recovery. We look forward to welcoming Maria back to Tianjin in 2019.

"I was looking forward to coming back to Tianjin to defend my title but unfortunately I need to give myself time to recover from injury. I am disappointed that I won't be able to play in front of all the fans in Tianjin again and I hope that I will be able to play there in the future. I wish everyone at the tournament a successful five year anniversary" - Maria Sharapova.

Maria's withdrawal from the tournament means that China's Wang Yafan moves into the main draw of the event and joins an exciting player field featuring three players in the WTA Top 20 - Caroline Garcia, Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka, and former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam Champion Victoria Azarenka.

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