Maria Sharapova has been forced to withdraw from the China Open in Beijing due to a left forearm injury. She was the defending champion at the Premier Mandatory event.
WTA Staff

BEIJING, China - On Monday, Maria Sharapova was forced to retire in her opening match at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open due to a left forearm injury, and, unfortunately, the World No.3 has been forced to withdraw from next week's China Open, where she's the defending champion, as well.

"I am very disappointed to have to pull out of the China Open this year and not have the chance to defend my title," Sharapova, who beat Petra Kvitova for last year's title, said in a statement.

"I look forward to coming back to Beijing next year and competing in front of my Chinese fans."

Click here or on the image below to watch highlights from Sharapova's 2014 triumph in Beijing.

The Russian's next event will be the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

Maria Sharapova