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Sharapova To Skip Bank Of The West Classic At Stanford

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Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia during the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University on July 27, 2011. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia during the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University on July 27, 2011. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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STANFORD (CBS/AP) – Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s Bank of the West Classic at Stanford because of a left hip injury suffered during Wimbledon.

Tournament director Kim Hall said in a statement Monday that organizers “are disappointed for our fans.” She added that “unfortunately injuries are a part of the sport.”

The second-ranked Sharapova lost 6-3, 6-4 to Michelle Larcher de Brito in the second round of Wimbledon last month. Sharapova tumbled several times during the match, complaining about court conditions, taking a medical timeout and later saying she thought she strained a hip muscle.

Sharapova announced on her website Saturday that she had hired Jimmy Connors as her new coach, one day after she parted ways with Thomas Hogstedt.

 

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