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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sharapova Won't Play at Fed Cup

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the Russian team for this weekend's Fed Cup semifinal against the United States.

"She said she was injured, so she will not play," Russia Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev said Monday, shortly before word came that his U.S. visa application to attend the games had been denied.

Sharapova, who was soundly beaten by eventual champion Venus Williams in the fourth round of Wimbledon last week, has been suffering from a persistent shoulder injury since April. She will be replaced by world No. 58 Elena Vesnina for the July 14-15 tie in Vermont.

The defending champions could also lose world No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who has a nagging shoulder injury of her own.

"Kuznetsova is a long shot. If her shoulder improves in the next couple of days, then she'll play," said Tarpishchev, who named 66th-ranked Alla Kudryavtseva as an alternate.

Top 10 players Nadia Petrova and Anna Chakvetadze make up the rest of the Russian team.