Maria Sharapova, the 2011 Western & Southern Open champion, has withdrawn from the 2017 tournament due to an ongoing left arm injury.
Sharapova arrived in Cincinnati Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the medical staff on Saturday.
“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. Ostapenko, the No. 12 seed, will play either a qualifier or lucky loser, which will be drawn following the conclusion of the qualifying tournament on Sunday.
In addition to the final round of qualifying, the men’s main draw will begin on Sunday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, with action starting at 10 a.m. Women’s main draw matches get underway Monday, with the session beginning at 11 a.m.