Sport Sharapova says won't request Wimbledon wildcard

22:10  19 may  2017
22:10  19 may  2017 Source:   Reuters

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"Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard ," Sharapova said on her website.

"Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard ," Sharapova said on her website.

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London © REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said she will not request a wildcard for this year's championships after failing to gain a high enough ranking for direct entry to the main draw.

The 30-year-old Russian, who returned last month from a 15-month doping ban, said on her website she would play in the qualifying event staged the week before.

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London © REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

"Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard," Sharapova said on her website.

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  Sharapova on course for Wimbledon after opening win in Rome Maria Sharapova guaranteed herself a spot in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament with a first-round victory against American Christina McHale at the Italian Open on Monday. The Russian former world number one, given a wildcard to compete in Rome after returning from a 15-month doping ban, dropped serve three times in a scrappy opening set, but won 6-4 6-2 to reach round two.Sharapova faces a battle to raise her ranking enough to qualify for the grasscourt grand slam by right and spare organisers the dilemma of whether to award her a wildcard into the main draw of the tournament she won in 2004.

"Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard ," Sharapova said on her website.

LONDON Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said she will not request a wildcard into this year's championships after failing to gain a high enough ranking for direct entry to the main draw.

The 2004 champion is ranked 211, below the cut-off for direct entry, although her first-round win at this week's Italian Open means she is assured a place in the qualifying tournament played a few miles away from Wimbledon.

Wimbledon's wildcard committee, which meets on June 20, could have granted a wildcard to the former world number one.

Sharapova would have needed to reach the semi-finals in Rome to climb high enough to gain a spot in the main Wimbledon draw, but she withdrew during her second round match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after injuring her left hamstring.

Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her match against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London © REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her match against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

On Tuesday, two-times French Open champion Sharapova was unexpectedly snubbed by organisers who decided against giving her a wildcard into the main draw or the qualifying event of this year's tournament, which begins on May 28.

Sharapova gets wildcard for Wimbledon warm-up event .
Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard to the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Birmingham in June, Britain's Lawn Tennis Association said on Thursday. The five-times grand slam champion, who recently served a 15-month doping ban, learnt on Tuesday she would not be given a wildcard into the French Open, with the question over whether Wimbledon will grant her one as yet unanswered.The 30-year-old's comeback has divided opinion, with some fellow players criticising the decision to award her wildcard entries into WTA claycourt tournaments in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome.

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