Sharapova forced to withdraw

The top-seeded Russian said on her website: “I’m really sorry to have to withdraw.

???I had a great start to the event and was hoping I could recover in time for Friday???s match but unfortunately it was not enough time.

“I want to thank the tournament for organising such a great event and most importantly the fans who were so passionate during all of my matches.”

Garcia of Franch was given a walkover and she will now face Timea Bacsinszky in Saturday???s final.

The Swiss No 5 seed beat Bulgarian Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2 6-4 in the only semi-final match to be played at the Mexico event.

Sharapova is scheduled to appear again in the WTA Tour tournament at Indian Wells in California which starts on March 11.

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