Maria Sharapova withdraws from the U.S. Open

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USA TODAY - Maria Sharapova is out of the U.S. Open.

The 2006 champion withdrew Wednesday because of bursitis in her right shoulder.

"Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the U.S. Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament," according to a statement from U.S. Open tournament director David Brewer. "We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year."

Sharapova's agent, Max Eisenbud, told USA TODAY Sports her shoulder has been bothering her since before the French Open in May.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland will move up to the No. 3 seed in women's singles, and Sara Errani of Italy will be No. 4. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia becomes the No. 32 seed.

The draw for the year's last Grand Slam tournament is Thursday at noon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Play begins Monday.

Sharapova of Russia had been in the news the day before over rumors she had planned to change her name for the duration of the season's final major to Sugarpova, her line of gummy candies.

She attended a promotion Tuesday night in Manhattan for Sugarpova.

Sharapova was sidelined by a hip injury after Wimbledon. Then she hired Jimmy Connors as her coach, an arrangement that lasted one match, a loss, last week at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio..

Sharapova last skipped the U.S. Open in 2008, when she was off the tour for about 10 months because of surgery on her right shoulder. She won her first major title since that operation at last year's French Open, completing a career Grand Slam.

Earlier Wednesday, former top-10 player Mardy Fish of the USA withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing personal reasons.

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