Sharapova quits Canadian Open due to illness

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Canadian Open due to a stomach virus, the organizers said Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Russian picked up the virus during the Olympics and was thus unable to join the Rogers Cup in Montreal, tournament director Eugene Lapierre said in a statement published on its website.

Sharapova arrived in Montreal on Wednesday but later decided to quit the tournament after a workout, Lapierre said. "Maria showed exceptional professionalism making the trip to Montreal, coming on site and try to practice, despite the fact she has not been feeling well," he said.

Sharapova's pullout was disappointing "for our fans and for all of us, but it's part of the game, unfortunately," the director added. She took the women's singles silver medal in London Olympics after losing to Serena Williams 6-0, 6-1 in the final.

During the opening ceremony of the London games, Sharapova was Russia's flag bearer.

In June, Sharapova won the French Open title by beating Italian Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2. It was Sharapova's fourth Grand Slam title, following the Wimbledon championship in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008.

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