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Sharapova withdraws from Western & Southern tournament with arm injury

Maria Sharapova, the 2011 Western & Southern Open champion, has withdrawn from the 2017 tournament due to an ongoing left arm injury. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

MASON, Ohio (WKRC) - The 2011 Western & Southern Open champion has withdrawn from the 2017 tournament due to an ongoing left arm injury.

Maria Sharapova will miss her third tournament this summer. She had to withdraw from the Bank of the West Classic after the first round and then the Rogers Cup in Toronto last week.

“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said. “I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”

Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round.

The tournament is being held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. It started Saturday and runs until Aug. 20.

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