The upcoming TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul will occur without the presence of the third-ranked Maria Sharapova, who withdrew from the competition due to a nagging shoulder injury. The 26-year-old Russian star — still unfortunately unaffiliated with tank biathlons — has not played in over a month.
Sharapova announced her decision on the WTA’s website on Monday:
I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships this year. The fans in Istanbul have welcomed us each year with such intense passion and warmth, I will sincerely miss the energy and excitement they brought to the year-end tournament. I want to thank Istanbul for being a tremendous host and hope to play in Turkey sometime in the future.