Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a stomach virus.
Sharapova will not be able to defend her Cincinnati title due to the same stomach virus which forced her to withdraw from the Rogers Cup in Montreal. It's a blow for the Russian who risks having to travel at Flushing Meadows with no competitive matches in the States under her belt this summer.
“It is with great disappointment that I will not be able to defend my title at the Western & Southern Open next week,” Sharapova told the press. “I have not been able to recover from the stomach virus I obtained. I look forward to seeing all my great fans in Cincinnati next year.”
Sharapova has enjoyed plenty of success in Cincinnati in the past, defeating Jelena Jankovic in the final last year and losing to Belgium's Kim Clijsters at the same stage in 2010.
She would have been hoping to get back on the match court as soon as possible to put that Olympic final humiliation against Serena Williams behind her. The defeat to Williams aside, it was a great week for the Russian who got revenge over Sabine Lisicki for her shock loss at Wimbledon earlier in the summer and scored impressive wins over Clijsters and Maria Sharapova.
The Cincinnati organisers are currently reeling from a spate of withdrawals with France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulling out of the men's event.