For the first time in her career Maria Sharapova will skip a Grand Slam — right shoulder injury forces the Russian to miss the 2008 US Open. Previously, she had withdrawn from the Beijing Olympics.
World No.3 Sharapova met with Dr. David Altchek, the premier shoulder doctor in the world, who examined all her tests from April and discovered a moderate tear in her rotator cuff tendon. The doctor couldn’t believe she was playing that long with her injury.
“You can imagine that I was not very thrilled to hear that my medical team did not see this tear in my shoulder back in April,” said the 21-year-old on her website.
It’s a shame, even when you have as much money as Sharapova you receive false diagnosis.
Luckily, Sharapova’s injury didn’t get much worse since April and she probably doesn’t need surgery. She will go to Arizona next week to do extensive rehab, and is expected to recover in 2-3 months.