TENNIS- Russian Maria Sharapova and American Madison keys have pulled out from Birmingham Classic because of different reasons.
The five-time grand slam champion said in a statement: “I have good memories of Birmingham so I’m disappointed not to be able to play this year,
“I need to take care of my body and make sure I stay healthy and sometimes that means you have to take tough decisions like this one. I wish everyone in Birmingham a great tournament.”
Keys has withdrawn due to an abdominal injury.
The American said: “I am sorry to have to pull out of Birmingham this year.
“Everyone knows how much I love playing on grass and I was looking forward to starting my grass season there, but unfortunately I aggravated an injury I sustained in Rome and need to rest as much as I can right now.
“I look forward to returning to Birmingham next year and playing in front of its great fans.”