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Russia to play Fed Cup semifinal minus Sharapova

Updated: July 9, 2007, 7:39 AM ET
Reuters

MOSCOW -- Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the Russian team's Fed Cup semifinal tie against the United States, apparently because of injury.

"She said she is injured, so she will not play," Russia Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev said on Monday.

Sharapova, who was soundly beaten by eventual champion Venus Williams in the fourth round of Wimbledon, has been suffering from a persistent shoulder injury since April.

The U.S. Open champion and world's second-ranked player will ...

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