Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova says she’s”working through some painful days”, after withdrawing from next month BNP Paribas Open in n Wells, .

Even the 31-year-old, who has a shoulder injury, has removed or retired out of out two of those three events she’s played since September’s .

“It has been an issue last year and going into this year,” said the Russian.

“My physician says it’s a daybyday pain management situation.”

She subsequently pulled out of this St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy at the end of January.

“The shoulder injury hasn’t been much of a secret in the last year,” she explained.

“That’s been something I have been struggling with and had to shut the entire year after the .

“[It is ] still not where I want it to be, I am still working through some painful days.

“That’s something which I have had to cope with as I was 21 yrs of age and very at the summit of my career.”

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