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Maria Sharapova to miss Beijing Olympics

Maria Sharapova, the world's third-ranked tennis player, won't be representing Russia at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Maria Sharapova, the world's third-ranked tennis player, won't be representing Russia at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Sharapova, 21, confirmed Thursday that she is suffering from torn tendons in her right shoulder, an injury serious enough to put the U.S. Open in doubt, too.

"I'm currently packing up really quick, to hop on the plane and head to New York for a second opinion, but I wanted to let all of you know first that there's no chance of me competing in Beijing," Sharapova told fans on her website.

Sharapova flew to New York to be examined by New York Mets physician Dr. David Alchek, a noted shoulder specialist.

"The timing is so unfortunate, and this makes me more sad than anything," she said.

Sharapova struggled mightily in Wednesday's 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 win over Poland's Marta Domachowska in the second round of the Rogers Cup at Montreal.

Shortly after, she withdrew from the tournament.

"After [the] match, I knew there was something seriously wrong with my shoulder," Sharapova said. "After taking a few different exams and MRIs this morning, the doctors found two small tears in the tendons of my shoulder."

'Needs a lot of time to heal'

Sharapova committed 17 double faults in the match and twice requested on-court treatment on the shoulder, which has bothered her since she played at Indian Wells, Calif., in March.

"This is something that needs a lot of time to heal," she said. "[It] really hurts me to say that I have to miss the Olympics."

Sharapova reached the third round in her previous Rogers Cup appearance in 2004.

The hard-hitting Russian has won 19 singles titles on the WTA Tour, including this year's Australian Open, the U.S. Open (2006) and Wimbledon (2004).

She was named the WTA's player of the year in 2004.

CBC Sports will broadcast both Rogers Cup semifinals on Aug. 2 (3 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. ET), followed by the championship final on Aug. 3 (1:30 p.m. ET).

With files from the Associated Press