Maria Sharapova won't get a wild-card entry for the French Open

Maria Sharapova won't get a wild-card entry for the French Open

Maria Sharapova has secured her place in Wimbledon qualifying after beating Christina McHale in the second round of the Italian Open.

Bernard Giudicelli announced the decision a day after former world number one Roger Federer said he was skipping Roland Garros to focus on the grasscourt season, meaning that the French Open will start on May 28 without two of the circuit's most commercially attractive players. Furthermore, Sharapova's forehand does a lot of damage on clay, and she likes to dominate play from the baseline. "It's a tremendous opportunity and I'm really looking forward to being part of this unique team competition", Raonic said in a statement on Monday.

Once the math was explained, Sharapova showed some sign of appreciating her achievement.

"Winning matches will get me places, so if..."

"I know the media dimension of Maria and I'm measuring the expectations of the public and sponsors, but in all conscience it didn't appear possible to me to go beyond strict application of the world anti-doping code", he explained yesterday.

That victory ensured she will be eligible for the Wimbledon qualifiers, with a top-200 ranking guaranteed. This year, the qualifying tournament will be a ticketed event, with attendance capped at 1,000 people.

"Now you're back in the groove of things and I'm enjoying being back in these cities and waking up in Rome and waking up in Madrid and I'm a happy person".

The mistakes continued to come from Sharapova - a double fault cost her a third break before a timely pep talk from her coach prompted a revival from 4-3 down.

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The five-time Grand Slam champion will now not need a wildcard to assure her involvement at the event, with her ranking set to rise to roughly No. 170 in the world.

She has played three tournaments thanks to wild cards since her return from a 15-month drug ban last month.

"I'm kind of exhausted answering these questions; she can answer questions for herself", she said. "You know how good it feels and you know what you work for, so I would love to experience those moments again", Livetennis.com quoted Sharapova as saying. Some people are forcing us to say everything is great, and blah blah, but it is what it is.

Sharapova's return has not been well received by many of her fellow professionals.

Sharapova now gets a rematch with Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on Tuesday. "Every player who isn't doping is against it". Money and everything speaks for itself.

"There can be a wildcard for the return from injuries - there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping". He's won the Tour de France a few times.

In other action on Monday in Rome, Daria Kasatkina was forced to retire after she rolled her left ankle in the second set of her match against Barbora Strycova.

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