DOHA, Qatar - World No.6 and two-time Doha champion Maria Sharapova announced her withdrawal from the Qatar Total Open due to the left forearm injury she has struggled with since the beginning of the season,
"Unfortunately, I will not be able to play the Qatar Total Open because of my left forearm injury," Sharapova said in a statement. "I would like to wish the tournament and all the great fans in Doha a great week of tennis and I hope to see them next year."
The Russian was forced to pull out of the Brisbane International back in January due to this same injury, but appeared to rebound in Melbourne, reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open before falling to World No.1, Serena Williams.
"I'm going to go and take care of my forearm first," Sharapova said after the loss, aware of the importance this season - being an Olympic year - presents. "I think that's really important. I think this will be a time to just get myself ready for a long year.
"I don't see myself playing anything before Indian Wells."