Top-seeded Sharapova withdraws from Mexico Open with stomach virus

Sharapova during her match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia on Thursday. 

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Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew Friday before her Mexico Open semifinal against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus.

The third-seeded Garcia will face fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the hard-court final at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Bacsinszky beat Bulgaria’s Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2, 6-4.

In the men’s semifinals, top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, and second-seeded David Ferrer of Spain topped Ryan Harrison of the United States 4-6, 6-0, 6-0.