WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova withdraw from Cincinnati, Eugenie Bouchard battles back and the Wuhan Open commits top players.
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- Cincinnati hit with withdrawals: Within minutes of each other on Tuesday evening, No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams withdrew from the Western & Southern Open due to injury (Sharapova) and illness (Venus). Sharapova continues to battle through a right upper leg injury sustained in training that also forced her out of last week's Rogers Cup.

"I just didn't have enough time really," Sharapova said. "I have been practicing here the last few days and I'm just looking at the US Open in, you know, 11, 12 days. It's a tough decision to make, but I think a wise one, in order to give myself the right amount of time to be as healthy as I can be for the Open, which I believe is very realistic, but I don't know if it would be realistic if I did compete and start tomorrow."

As for Venus, a viral illness derailed her Cincinnati campaign. She fought through it to beat Zarina Diyas in the first round but was unable to take the court against Ana Ivanovic in the second round.

"I think the threshold is when you just don't feel confident going into a match and you don't feel any confidence," she said. "You have to feel confident going into the match. You have to feel like you can play the point."

- Serena Williams handling the pressure: The World No.1 sat down with reporters on Tuesday and spoke openly about her quest for the Grand Slam at the US Open. From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

"I think it's great," Williams said. "I think it's really cool, and there's definitely a lot of pressure on there. But I'm a little bit older in my career and I have two Serena Slams. What more can you want?

"I would like to win the Open, probably more than anyone else. Whether I do or not, I'm going to try win it this year or next year and just keep going for that. So, it's not the end of the world."

- Eugenie Bouchard earned her third win in her last 16 matches, beating Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6(2), 7-6(5) in the first round in Cincinnati. Bouchard saved set points in both sets.

- Agnieszka Radwanska took a surprising 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss to WTA Rising Star Anna Karolina Schmiedlova on Tuesday night, but not before adding another no-look shot to her highlight reel:

- Mirjana Lucic-Baroni will take Sharapova's place in the Cincinnati draw as a lucky loser. She will play Varvara Lepchenko.

- Cocoa-Pova: Per ESPN's Darren Rovell, Sugarpova sales are up 30% this year and they're planning to introduce a chocolate line next year.

- Defending champion Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, and Ana Ivanovic are just a few of the top names to confirm for the Wuhan Open.

- Garbiñe Muguruza's reaction after her second consecutive opening round exit:

Alizé Cornet doing Alizé Cornet things as only Alizé Cornet can: