Sharapova said, “Yeah, very unfortunate. I mean, the tournament has been great to me and the tournament director and all the fans, and I definitely wish I could step out there. But under the circumstances and the dateline to the US Open just, wouldn’t be a smart move.”
Williams said, “It’s pretty rare that I withdraw or retire, so I just wasn’t able to get out there tonight. Every match you have to be at your best, you know, to win. Just couldn’t be at my best today.”
“After warmups, I get a feel for how the match might go or how much you can give or you can’t give,” Williams said. “I definitely would have liked to have more matches, but I have to use my experience now.”
Ana Ivanovic moved into the third round as a result of Williams’ walkover. Ivanovic said, “It’s always hard to hear of a withdrawal. I really hope Venus feels better soon. It would have been a tough match for both of us. I hope she can get well fast.”
Roger Federer began his quest for a seventh Cincinnati title with a 6-4, 6-4 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in his opening match. Federer skipped last week’s Masters event in Montreal.