LONDON, June 7 Maria Sharapova will miss this
year's Wimbledon warmup tournaments in Birmingham and
Eastbourne, the Russian said on Saturday.
Her decision means the 21-year-old Russian will play no
competitive grass court tennis before the grand slam tournament
starting on June 23.
Sharapova said on her Web site (www.mariasharapova.com) that
her decision to miss Birmingham after five consecutive years in
the draw would help her focus on Wimbledon. She has won the
The 2004 Wimbledon champion lost in the fourth round of the
French Open this week to beaten finalist Dinara Safina.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by John Mehaffey)