(July 15, 2013) World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the 2013 Bank of the West Classic due to a left hip injury she suffered during Wimbledon.
“We are disappointed for our fans that Maria (Sharapova) won’t be able to attend this year’s Bank of the West Classic but unfortunately injuries are a part of the sport and we understand that a player’s health must always come first,” said Bank of the West Classic Tournament Director Kim Hall. “We wish her a speedy recovery and hope she is able to return to the court soon.”
Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium has also withdrawn.
With the withdrawals former World No. 4 Daniela Hantuchova and up-and-coming American Christina McHale receive main draw entries.
The tournament has granted a main draw wildcard to former Stanford All-American Mallory Burdette. Burdette, who turned professional shortly after last year’s Bank of the West Classic, reached the third round of last year’s US Open and has risen quickly up the world rankings. She is currently No. 78.