Tennis: Injured Maria Sharapova out of Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova in action in Rome in May 2017
Maria Sharapova in action in Rome in May 2017PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Maria Sharapova withdrew from Wimbledon on Saturday (June 10) after failing to recover from a thigh injury, dealing another blow to the superstar's bid to rebuild her career after serving a doping ban.

The 30-year-old, who was champion at the All England Club in 2004, was due to play in the qualifying event in the hope of making the main draw.

"After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play," she said in a statement.

"I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford from July 31."