Zvonareva withdraws from US Open due to illness

Two-time Grand Slam runner-up Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from

next week’s U.S. Open because of a viral illness.

The 16th-ranked Russian lost in the final at Flushing Meadows in

2010 to Kim Clijsters. She retired in her third-round match against

Clijsters at Wimbledon this year because of illness, then was

routed 6-1, 6-0 by Serena Williams in the round of 16 at the

Olympics.

This will be the second major tournament missed this year by

Zvonareva. She pulled out of the French Open because of a right

shoulder injury.

Ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in her career, Zvonareva

also reached the final at Wimbledon in 2010.