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OPEN GDF SUEZ : Maria Sharapova pulls out

Rédaction Open GDF SUEZ
Thursday, 10 February 2011 at 12:04

Russia's Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the 19th Open GDF SUEZ due to an illness she picked up last weekend. Sharapova was clearly disappointed when she announced her withdrawal on Thursday morning. French player Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (lucky loser) takes Sharapova's place and goes through to face the American Bethanie Mattek Sands.


"As you all know, I've been ill since last weekend [chest infection]. I asked the doctor to come back this morning, but in the end he decided that I should pull out of this year's OPEN GDF SUEZ. I'm very sorry to have to withdraw from the tournament as I had a wild card and really wanted to play. I did everything I could to be ready, but sadly I am unable to play. I would like to apologise to all my fans and thank the tournament organisers for being so supportive and understanding."

French player Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, eliminated in qualifying, gets another chance as lucky loser and goes through to face the American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the second round.

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