STANFORD, CA, USA - Maria Sharapova was forced to withdraw from the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford on Wednesday on doctor's advice prior to the start of her second round match.
"Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from today's match," Sharapova said in a statement. "Toward the end of Monday night's match, I felt pain in my left forearm. After yesterday's scan, the doctor has recommended I don't risk further injury. Monday night's crowd was so special and I wish I could continue playing, but I have to make a preventative decision."
Sharapova made her return to the WTA after eight weeks away with a leg injury on Monday in Stanford, where she defeated Jennifer Brady, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.
With the walkover, No.7 seed Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine moves into the quarterfinals, to face the winner of the all-American clash between No.3 seed Madison Keys and qualifier Caroline Dolehide.
“This is definitely tough for Maria,” said Bank of the West Classic Tournament Director Vickie Gunnarsson. “She has so many fans which was evident by the support she received here on Monday night. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the court soon.”