|Sharapova will face Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the second round. (Getty Images)|
In the run-up to the U.S. Open, Maria Sharapova had to cut her schedule down. She was supposed to play in both Montreal and Cincinnati between her Olympic silver medal and the U.S. Open getting under way in New York but withdrew from those tournaments with a stomach virus.
When you think of stomach issues and professional athletes, typically you're thinking butterflies. Even the best still get them after all and Sharapova said she didn't start feeling anything until the Olympic final against Serena Williams.
But when things weren't getting better right away, she had to check, just to make sure there wasn't something bigger than butterflies in her belly.
"I had some tests done, some blood work, some ultrasound stuff," Sharapova said (via Sports Illustrated) after getting off to a winning start at Flushing Meadows. "They said I should just probably rest. They told me I was fine, not pregnant. I'm like, 'Can I get my money back?'"
Well phew! Probably good to know that she wasn't goign to have to play for some maternity leave in the future.
I wonder what could have been giving her stomach fits, anyway? It couldn't have possibly been anything that sounds kind of like her name and has to do with sweets like, say, Sugarpova, now would it?
All kidding aside, the doctors just told her to take it easy for a little bit, to rest up. Sometimes the best way to go into a tournament like the U.S. Open is to ease up, not ramp it up.
It showed for Sharapova as she cruised past Melinda Czink at 6-2, 6-2 into the second round. She's going to need a strong stomach and a lot more to get through her half of the draw should she try and force a rematch with Williams in the final in just under two weeks.
In the meantime, she won't be dealing with morning sickness, hardly the ideal way to wake up when you have a big match coming.