Sharapova to play Wimbledon qualifiers rather than requesting wild card

Clyde Nash
May 20, 2017

The five-time grand slam champion said that her team did not check the updated banned substance list and hence she tested positive for the drug at the 2016 Australian Open.

Organisers of the event at Roland Garros confirmed that her doping suspension counted against her as he requested a wildcard entry to the tournament she has won on two occasions.

Refused a wildcard for the French Open, Sharapova will need to negotiate three qualifying rounds if she's to reach Wimbledon's main draw.

Sharapova committed to the Aegon Classic in Birmingham for this year and next year in exchange for a wild card, British Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Michael Downey said. The Edgbaston Priory Club is a venue at which she has previously performed well, winning the event in 2004 - before going on to become Wimbledon champion at...

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"I have already started getting treatment on the injury I sustained a few days ago in Rome, and will begin my preparation as soon I get better", Sharapova wrote.

The Russian was overlooked for a wildcard for the French Open - both in the main draw and qualifying - and so will next feature at the grass court event.

Sharapova was denied a wild card for the French Open this week, in a move which was questioned by WTA chief Steve Simon who said: "I don't agree with the basis for the decision put forward by the FFT".

Maria Sharapova will probably have to win 10 matches to claim a second Wimbledon title this year after deciding on Friday not to request a wildcard for the championships.

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The Russian has accepted wild cards to enter all three of her tournaments since her return, attracting criticism from many players. Wimbledon donates a large share of its profits to the LTA but the grand slam oversees its own tournament independently of the governing body.

She has denied using it for any performance-enhancing goal, and an initial two-year ban was cut on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which concluded that while she committed an anti-doping violation there was "no significant fault" on her part.

Maria Sharapova returns the ball during her Rome Open match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, May 16, 2017.

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