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