The world No. 3 is suffering from bursitis in her surgically-repaired right shoulder and has been told that she needs to take two to three months off for it to heal. The 26-year-old last played in August in Cincinnati, where she lost to Sloane Stephens.
“That's my goal, I really want to finish with that tournament this year, but I also want to heal my shoulder,” she said. “It’s going to take as much time as it needs, but bursitis is a bit tricky because there is not much you can do for it except wait for it to get better and that’s tough as I’m not a very patient person.”
Sharapova was runner-up to Serena Williams in the 2012 WTA Championships—eight years after she beat Williams to win the tournament. Sharapova also reached the WTA Championships final in 2007, losing to Justine Henin.