Maria Sharapova has announced via her official Facebook that a leg injury had forced her to pull out of the US Open, which begins Monday.
Sharapova has not competed since Wimbledon due to an issue in her right leg, so the news does not come as too much of a surprise.
She said in a Facebook post: “Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this years US Open.
“I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time. To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong.”
It marks the second time in three years that the 2006 champion has withdrawn from the year’s last Grand Slam event.
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) August 30, 2015
The US Tennis Association said on Sunday that Russian Daria Kasatkina is the lucky loser who will replace Sharapova in the main draw.