Injured Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon, grass circuit

Ball boys and girls jog in the alleys of the Roland Garros stadium before the start of matches of the French Open tennis tournament Wednesday

Maria Sharapova's hopes of featuring at Wimbledon have been dashed after the Russian confirmed in a Facebook post she will miss the entire grass-court season due to injury.

"I will continue to work on my recovery", her message said.

If the injury heals correctly, she should return to the court for the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, which beings July 31. She revealed the news in Facebook.

Her absence from the grass-court season means she is now longer possible to qualify automatically for the main draw of the US Open in August.

Sharapova was denied a wild card for this month's French Open and took a potentially divisive decision by the All England Club out of their hands by announcing she would go through qualifying. Sharapova received a wild-card entry for the event at Birmingham in June, and was supposed to enter qualifying for Wimbledon.

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The 30-year-old five-time grand slam victor who returned to tennis in April upon the expiration of a sanction by worldwide anti-doping officials for using a now-banned medication, announced the news on Facebook.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. The women's final in Paris was Saturday.

Sharapova was banned after testing positive for meldonium, a heart disease medecine, at the Australian Open past year, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport found she was not an "intentional doper".

The former World No. 1 will be missing her sixth consecutive major and second Wimbledon in a row.

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