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(LEAD) Sharapova injured, exhibition match against Wozniacki canceled
SEOUL, Dec. 25 (Yonhap) -- Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has pulled out of an upcoming exhibition match in Seoul against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark due to an injury, organizers said Tuesday.

   The match between the two former No. 1-ranked female players, initially set for this Friday, will not take place after Sharapova ruled herself out of competition with a collarbone injury, organizers added.

   According to organizers, Sharapova injured herself during a recent practice in the United States and informed organizers of her status on Christmas Day.

   Organizers said they will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday to announce further details.

   Representatives from JS Management, a South Korean tennis marketing firm and the event's organizing agency; Microsoft Korea, the main sponsor of the match; and IMG, Sharapova's agency, will attend the press conference at Microsoft Korea's head office in Seoul.

   Sharapova, currently ranked No. 2, captured the French Open this year to become only the 10th female player to complete a career Grand Slam -- having won each of the four major championships at least once. She returned to No. 1 for the first time in four years by reaching the French Open final before losing the top spot to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus following an early exit at Wimbledon.

   Sharapova won the silver medal in women's singles at the London Olympics, where she served as the flag bearer for Russia during the opening ceremony.

   According to Forbes, Sharapova was the world's richest female athlete from July 2011 to July 2012, with an estimated US$27.1 million in earnings, mostly from off-court endorsements.

   This would have been Sharapova's first trip to South Korea since 2005, when she faced Venus Williams in an exhibition match in Seoul.

   Wozniacki would have been traveling to Seoul for the second time this year. In September, she won the Korea Open tournament for her 19th career WTA title.

   That put her fourth among active players in tournaments won, behind Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Sharapova.

   Wozniacki ended the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the No. 1 player, and was at the top of the rankings as recently as January this year. Currently ranked 10th, Wozniacki is still seeking her first Grand Slam title.

   Sharapova and Wozniacki were also scheduled to hold an autograph session and a clinic for amateur players during their stay.

   jeeho@yna.co.kr
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