Sharapova won't take New Haven wild card

by: Matt Cronin | August 14, 2013

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Even though she has played only three matches in the past seven weeks, Maria Sharapova says she will not take a wild card into next week's New Haven Open, the final WTA warm-up tournament before the U.S. Open. Sharapova was upset by Sloane Stephens in her opening match in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Prior to that, Sharapova had fallen in the second round of Wimbledon to Michelle Larcher de Brito and in that match injured her hip, which forced her to pull out of Stanford and Toronto.

New Haven was willing to give Sharapova a wild card, but she traditionally does not like to play the week before majors.

“I'm planning on playing a lot of matches in New York, and just for the body it's tough to play a week before if you're planning on doing extremely well in that event,” she told reporters. "I've just never done it in my career, so why start now? … I'll probably go to Florida. I train there a lot. I have a home there, so pretty close.”

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