Tennis: Maria Sharapova withdraws because of stomach virus

AP , Saturday 28 Feb 2015

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves the ball to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during a Mexican Tennis Open during a quarterfinal match in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew Friday before her Mexico Open semifinal against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus.

The third-seeded Garcia will face fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the hard-court final at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Bacsinszky beat Bulgaria's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2, 6-4.

In the men's semifinals, top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, and second-seeded David Ferrer of Spain topped Ryan Harrison of the United States 4-6, 6-0, 6-0.

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