Doha: Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Qatar Open tournament to be held later this month due to an injury to her left forearm, organisers announced yesterday.
It is the second time the world number six has pulled out of a tournament this season because of the same injury.
Earlier this year, Sharapova also had to withdraw from her intended season opener, the Brisbane International.
"Unfortunately, I will not be able to play the Qatar Open because of my left forearm injury," the 28-year-old said in statement released by Qatar Tennis.
"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." Sharapova has won in Qatar twice — in 2005 and 2008.