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- Raonic, Gasquet advance to Washington semis
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- Venus topples birthday girl Azarenka
- Nishikori fights into ATP showdown with Gasquet
- Pospisil dumps top seed Berdych, Raonic wins
- Raonic ousts Hewitt, giant-killer Johnson next
- ATP Kitzbuehel Cup results - collated
- ATP Kitzbuehel Cup results - 3rd update
- ATP Kitzbuehel Cup results - 2nd update
- ATP Kitzbuehel Cup results - 1st update
- Li Na to sit out US Open with knee injury
- Serena on song in WTA return at Stanford
- Some 'licking their chops' at Nadal absence
- Berdych, Raonic win, Isner falls at Washington
- Raonic, Nishikori win, Isner out at Washington
- Lepchenko shocks Radwanska in Stanford
- Nishikori advances to third round at Washington
- Injured Nadal in US Open battle after Toronto, Cincinnati pullout
- Injured Nadal out of Toronto, Cincinnati
- ATP Kitzbuehel Cup results
- Venus advances, Serena set for WTA return at Stanford
- Venus advances at Stanford with Serena up next
- Isner hopes to keep rolling into the US Open
- No fear for confident Nishikori against stars
- WTA Stanford results - 1st lead
- ATP and WTA Washington Open results - 2nd lead
- Rafa, Novak back in charge says No. 5 Berdych
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Sharapova pulls out of Rome as Paris beckons
Ailing Maria Sharapova said the thought of not recovering in time for the French Open had prompted her to pull out of the Rome Open before her quarter-final match on Friday.
Sharapova, a two-time winner and the world number two, had been due to play Italy's Sara Errani in the quarter-finals.
However the Russian announced her withdrawal on Friday morning citing sickness and claiming she had run a temperature overnight.
Sharapova does not have a habit of withdrawing from tournaments but said she already felt under par in Madrid last week and did not want her heavy schedule compromising her chances in Paris.
"I've a lot on my schedule and they all mean a lot for me and obviously with the French Open coming up it is important to make smart decisions," said Sharapova.
Sharapova said she felt physically under par during her win over Sloane Stevens on Thursday, but that she had also been "a bit off" in Madrid last week.
"You could see it in my energy last night," she said. "I was already a bit off in Madrid and played through it and it came back last night and I got sick again...
"It's not smart to again compete two or three rounds to win the tournament and with Paris starting next week."
Asked whether the fact that it was her boyfriend's birthday on Thursday was a factor, she replied: "Is that a question or a comment? I don't think that has anything to do with it."
Top seed Serena Williams, meanwhile, sailed through to her semi-final with a straight sets win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.
And the American said she could understand Sharapova's decision given the scheduling of Rome between the Madrid and French Opens.
"It's definitely taking a chance and sometimes you might feel like preparing well for the Roland Garros, which is probably the most difficult Slam to win, and you want to give yourself the best chance and sometimes this is what you have to do."
Errani, the world number six, will now go through to the semi-finals to meet the winner of the match between Australia's Samantha Stosur and Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus.