Maria Sharapova suffered a forearm injury that will keep her out of the 2016 Qatar Total Open. It is uncertain when she will return to action.
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Sharapova Comments on Injury
Wednesday, Feb. 10
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to play the Qatar Total Open because of my left forearm injury," Sharapova said, via QatarTennis.org. "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.”
Injuries Continue to Plague Sharapova
Injuries blighted the second half of Sharapova's 2015 season. She had to withdraw from the U.S. Open, and in her first match since Wimbledon, she suffered a forearm injury that forced her to retire against Barbora Strycova at the Wuhan Open in September.
There's no question that Sharapova's great when she's healthy. She reached the Australian Open final and Wimbledon semifinals last year, and you have to go back to 2010 to find a year in which she failed to advance to at least the semifinal of a Grand Slam.
Looking ahead, age could start to become a concern for the five-time major winner. Serena Williams continues to dominate the sport at 34 years old, but she's an anomaly. At 28 years old, Sharapova is likely on the downward trajectory of her career.
If that is the case, then Sharapova won't want to lose large chunks of 2016 to injury. Missing time—even a significant amount—wouldn't necessarily expedite her eventual decline, but it could prevent her from fully capitalizing on what could be the last few years in which she's a genuine threat to win a major tournament.
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