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Maria Sharapova refused to participate in the first tournament of the year

December 31 2008

Famous Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova refused to participate in the annual women's tournament in Hong Kong, which will be held from 7 to 10 January. Sportswoman told why she can not act in the first tournament in the new year.

According to her, in October after undergoing surgery on an injured shoulder, it has not yet gained proper form. "I'm very disappointed because I could not play in Hong Kong. In the past five years, I always participated in these competitions, and used this opportunity to prepare for the Australian Open, "- said Sharapova.

Tennis hoped that he could recover by the beginning of the Australian championships - the first of a series of "Grand Slam". In Hong Kong, Sharapova will replace Russian woman Anna Chakvetadze, in addition to that, our team also included Vera Zvonareva and Alexandra Panova. On it informs ITAR-TASS .

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