Updated: Tuesday, 31 December 2013 20:36 | By Agence France-Presse

Barty injury puts Sharapova into Brisbane quarters

Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty has withdrawn from the Brisbane International tennis tournament with a tear in a left abductor muscle.


Barty injury puts Sharapova into Brisbane quarters

Ashleigh Barty hits a return to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands on day one of the Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane on December 29, 2013

Barty was scheduled to play third seed Maria Sharapova in the second round on Wednesday.

Sharapova will now advance to the quarter-finals, where she will play 2012 champion Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.

"It’s been great to play at home in Brisbane and it's disappointing I won’t be able to play against Maria tomorrow, but I’ve got to do what’s right for my body," said Barty, 17.

"Sometimes these are really hard decisions to make but that’s what I have to do."

Barty has also withdrawn from next week's Hobart International.

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