Ostapenko and Sharapova before in official matches is not met. Recall that Sharapova, after serving a 15-month disqualification for the use of Meldonium, in late April, returned to the court. Speaking at the tournaments in Stuttgart and Madrid, the 30-year-old Russian withdrew due to a leg injury from the second round match at the tournament in Rome in mid-may and two and a half months not played.

In early August, the fivefold winner of tournaments of "Grand slam" triumphantly returned to the court. At the tournament in Stanford, Sharapova in three sets to beat American Jennifer Brady, but the new injury did not allow her to continue the race. In the end, she has withdrawn from the tournament, having decided not to enter the contest a second round.

"At the end of the first leg I felt pain in my left forearm. After the examination, the doctor advised me not to risk so as not to aggravate the injury, ' said Sharapova. I'm sorry to disappoint fans, but I had to take precautions. I hope a sore hand does not have a major impact on my future plans".

In 2010, Sharapova won the tournament in Cincinnati. The Russian woman surely wants to repeat that success. But the first racket of Latvia is a tough cookie. The season ended brilliantly in tournaments of "Grand slam": he has a sensational victory on "Rolan Garros" and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. This week she really had no luck. In Toronto, our tennis player lost in the first round. In the pair she reached the quarterfinals, but two wins with canadian Gabriela Dabrowski — poor compensation for defeat by the barbarians, Lepchenko, occupying only 68th place in the world ranking.

Ostapenko is not the only representative of Latvia at the tournament in Cincinnati. Anastasia Sevastova in the second round will play against Chinese Peng Shuai. Lepionka won her three previous matches. And what about Gulbis? For him, the tournament will begin with the training. The first opponent Ernest — Russian Andrey Rublev.