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Sharapova opts to cut back schedule

July 12, 2004 19:03 IST

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week's JP Morgan Chase Open following her unexpected victory at the grasscourt Grand Slam.

Maria Sharapova"When I originally planned my ambitious summer schedule, I dreamed about, but didn't count on, winning Wimbledon," the 17-year-old Russian said in a statement on Monday.

"This past week has been the most unbelievable time of my life. I want to make sure that I stay strong and play at my highest level for the rest of the season and beyond."

The 17-year-old took the tennis world by storm after she became the first Russian to capture a singles title at the All England Club earlier this month.

Sharapova's victory over Serena Williams in the final also made her the third youngest champion in the event's 120-year history.

"After talking with my advisors, including my dad and the WTA Tour, we have made the difficult decision to change my schedule to allow me to get some mandatory rest and recovery time.

"I love the JP Morgan Chase Open tournament in Los Angeles, and I am so sorry that I will not be able to play there again this year."

The Siberian-born teenager plans to return to the WTA Tour for the Acura Classic, which starts on July 26 in San Diego.

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