Sharapova pulls out of JPMorgan Chase Open

July 13, 2004 10:35 AM
CARSON, Calif.(AP) -- Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week's JPMorgan Chase Open, citing the need for rest and recuperation.

The Chase Open was to have been Sharapova's first American hard court tournament in her preparation for the US Open.

Sharapova will rejoin the WTA tour for the Acura Classic on July 26. She also plans to play in the Pilot Pen Classic at New Haven, Conn., before competing in the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 30.

"When I originally planned my ambitious summer schedule, I dreamed about, but didn't count on, winning Wimbledon," she said. "I want to make sure that I stay strong and play at my highest level for the rest of the season and beyond. So ... we have made the difficult decision to change my schedule to allow me to get some mandatory rest and recovery time."

Sharapova, 17, beat two-time defending champion Serena Williams, 6-1, 6-4, in the Wimbledon final.

Sharapova also canceled plans to play for the Newport Beach Breakers on Saturday, but will honor her commitment to play for the World TeamTennis franchise Wednesday.