Thigh injury to keep Maria Sharapova from qualifying for Wimbledon

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An anticipated return of Maria Sharapova to the All England Club will have to wait another year.

The five-time Grand Slam champion announced Saturday on Facebook that after an additional scan, the left thigh injury she suffered in Rome won’t allow her to play this grass-court season, including Wimbledon.

“I want to thank the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) for their amazing support on my return and providing me with a Birmingham wild card, a tournament which I hope many of you will be able to attend,” she wrote.

Sharapova was scheduled to play the qualifying rounds at Wimbledon, as she had accumulated enough rankings points for direct entry. Soon after the French Tennis Federation denied her entry into Roland Garros, Sharapova said she was forgoing any requests

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