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Sport Sharapova and Keys withdraw from Birmingham Classic

12:51  14 june  2018
12:51  14 june  2018 Source:   performgroup.com

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Sharpova reached the final for the fourth time in 2010. Maria Sharapova and Marion Bartoli - beaten semi-finalists in the French Open - have withdrawn from the Aegon Classic in Birmingham , starting 6 June.

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Maria Sharapova and Madison Keys have withdrawn from the Birmingham Classic following their French Open exploits.

Sharapova will delay the start of her grass-court season after reaching the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

The five-time grand slam champion said in a statement: "I have good memories of Birmingham so I'm disappointed not to be able to play this year,

"I need to take care of my body and make sure I stay healthy and sometimes that means you have to take tough decisions like this one. I wish everyone in Birmingham a great tournament."

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The unprecedented withdrawal woes at the 2017 Aegon Classic in Birmingham continued on Sunday as the tournament had to deal with losing world Lindsay Davenport (51) Lucie Safarova (78) Madison Keys (123) Maria Kirilenko (89) Maria Sakkari (15) Maria Sharapova (767) Marion Bartoli (100)

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Keys, beaten by close friend Sloane Stephens in the last four in Paris last week, withdrew due to an abdominal injury.

The American said: "I am sorry to have to pull out of Birmingham this year.

"Everyone knows how much I love playing on grass and I was looking forward to starting my grass season there, but unfortunately I aggravated an injury I sustained in Rome and need to rest as much as I can right now.

"I look forward to returning to Birmingham next year and playing in front of its great fans."

Donna Vekic will now take her place in the draw for the WTA Premier tournament, which starts next week.

Rybarikova ousts Pliskova in Birmingham, seeds fail in Mallorca .
Karolina Pliskova lost to Magdalena Rybarikova at Wimbledon last year and fell to the unseeded Slovakian again in Birmingham.Magdalena Rybarikova claimed the scalp of Karolina Pliskova in the first round of the Birmingham Classic and Anett Kontaveit was among three seeds to crash out of the Mallorca Open on day one.

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