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Two-time Grand Slam runner-up Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from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


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.