Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/15/13

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand in her first round match against Maria Kirilenko of Russia during day one of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week's Bank of the West Classic at Stanford because of a left hip injury suffered during Wimbledon. Tournament director Kim Hall said in a statement Monday that organizers ''are disappointed for our fans.'' She added that ''unfortunately injuries are a part of the sport.'' The second-ranked Sharapova lost 6-3, 6-4 to Michelle Larcher de Brito in the second round of Wimbledon last month. Sharapova tumbled several times during the match, complaining about court conditions, taking a medical timeout and later saying she thought she strained a hip muscle. Sharapova announced on her website Saturday that she had hired Jimmy Connors as her new coach, one day after she parted ways with Thomas Hogstedt.
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