Maria Sharapova drops out of Cincinnati

Maria Sharapova has dropped out of the Western & Southern

Open because of a stomach virus.

It’s the second straight tournament Sharapova has missed because

of the illness. She also dropped out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal

this week. She announced the decision on her website.

Sharapova was the defending champion in the Cincinnati

tournament, which opens this weekend in suburban Mason. She’s the

second high-ranked player to drop out of the tournament in two

days. Rafael Nadal withdrew on Thursday because of lingering

problems with his left knee, which also forced him to miss the

Olympics and the Rogers Cup.

Sharapova won the silver medal in London, losing to Serena

Williams 6-0, 6-1 in the gold medal match. She plans to play in the

U.S. Open.