Maria Sharapova, the 14th-ranked women's tennis player in the world and three-time Grand Slam champion, has withdrawn from the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament that begins this weekend on Daniel Island.
Tournament officials said Thursday that Sharapova has not recovered from the elbow injury that forced her to withdraw from the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Sharapova first played in Charleston in 2003 as a 15-year-old qualifier. She also played in 2008, facing Serena Williams in a quarterfinal match.
The 23-year-old Russian won Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008.
The clay-court Family Circle Cup begins Saturday with qualifying matches. The main draw competition starts Monday.