Sharapova, the five-time Grand Slam winner, has been holding a high exemption card since August because of persistent shoulder injuries. She had accepted Luxembourgs wild card and hoped to return to the field next week.
My shoulders have been feeling good over the past few months and its not a big deal in the grass warm-up, Sharapova said in a media interview after withdrawing from the Linz race for the same reason. But I played a tough game on the hard court in Canada and the pain returned in the next few weeks.
Earlier in the season, Russian veterans underwent a minor shoulder operation, and after the St. Petersburg Station in February, they also had a long truce, which did not return until June. In August, Sharapova revealed that her shoulder injury had worsened after playing in the Rogers Cup and that she had not played since the US Open. The decision also brought Sharapovas 2009 season to an early end.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Cobel suffered leg injuries at the Chinese Open and will not be able to play next week. However, Germanys top players are still among the competing teams for the WTA Super Elite in Zhuhai.
Thanks to their withdrawal, two young American teenagers, Gough and McNally, will enter the competition directly.
Gough, 15, shines at Wimbledon this year. She broke through the qualifying rounds and overturned the five-time champion Williams in the first round, eventually breaking into the top 16. She also played in the third round of the home Grand Slam US Open and lost to defending champion Naoto Osaka. This week, American novae reached the first WTA singles top eight in Linz Station, and the world ranking broke through the 100 threshold, becoming the youngest player in TOP100.
It is worth mentioning that Gough and McNally are still regular doubles partners. They won the first WTA doubles championship in Washington this year, and then joined hands in the third round of the US Open.
Luxembourg Station will be held from October 14 to 20. Meltens, Gergus, Giorgi and Puig will all be on the international stage.
Source: WTA Chinese Network Responsible Editor: Zhao Ruiqi_NB12596