Sharapova drops out with injury

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s disappointing to have to finish this way,” Sharapova said. “I started to feel pain in the second game of the first set. I tried to go on, but you can’t get away with it when you are playing against a top player.” Fifth-seeded Ivanovic of Serbia will face second-seeded Martina Hingis in the final today. Hingis posted a 6-4, 6-3 win over defending champion Elena Dementieva of Russia. Sharapova, who reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday, lost to Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open. The Russian had 17 double-faults in her first match against Italy’s Francesca Schiavone and double-faulted 14 times in the quarterfinals against Japan’s Ai Sugiyama. Sharapova refused to blame the injury on her schedule. “I have a simple and easy schedule compared to the other girls,” she said. center_img TOKYO – Top-ranked Maria Sharapova retired during the second set of her Pan Pacific Open semifinal against Ana Ivanovic on Sunday because of a hamstring injury. After dropping the first set 6-1, the Russian star consulted with her trainer. She won the first game of the second set before retiring. last_img