ROME, April 28 Maria Sharapova has pulled out of
next month's Italian and Madrid Open tournaments as she has
failed to fully recover from a shoulder injury, the WTA Tour
said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Russian former world number one has not played a singles
match since last August. She made a brief return to competition
in the doubles at Indian Wells last month.
The injury prevented her from defending her Australian Open
crown in January.
The Italian Open will be held from Monday while the Madrid
tournament takes place a week later.