Maria Sharapova to miss season-ending WTA tournament

Maria Sharapova has enjoyed a successful 2013 season. However, injury will keep Maria Sharapova out of the final women's championship tournament in Turkey.

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    Tennis star Maria Sharapova stands on the runway before watching a presentation of the Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week, September 6, 2013.
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Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the season-ending WTA Championships because of an injured right shoulder.

The WTA says the third-ranked Russian will miss the Oct. 22-27 tournament in Istanbul because of the injury, which has sidelined her for most of the second half of the year.

Sharapova thanked Istanbul for being a "tremendous host" and said she hopes to play in Turkey in the future.

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The WTA says Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Sara Errani of Italy and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia have qualified for the championships. They join a field that already includes Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na.

The tournament features the top eight singles players and top four doubles teams.

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