Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Maria Sharapova says won't request Wimbledon wildcard

Maria Sharapova says won't request Wimbledon wildcard

Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Michael Downey accepted "not everyone will agree" with the decision to give Sharapova a wildcard for Birmingham.

But the LTA has chose to grant her a wildcard for the event between the French Open and Wimbledon, and the two-time champion will now turn out for the event in Birmingham for the next two years.

Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova says she will not request a wildcard into this year's championships and will attempt to qualify.

Sharapova will also be at the tournament next year, with the event seen as one of the build-ups to Wimbledon.

Sharapova's first round win in Rome meant her ranking, now 211, will have improved enough to gain a place by right in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament held the week before the Championships, which start on July 3.

That prompted speculation that Sharapova may be handed a wildcard into the year's third major, but she revealed on her website that she will be entering the qualification tournament instead.

Early previous year, Sharapova announced that doping tests revealed the presence of the banned performance enhancing drug, meldonium, in her body.

In response to the French Open's controversial decision, Sharapova wrote on her official Twitter page on Wednesday: "If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday".

Since her return at the Stuttgart Open the 30-year-old has won five of her eight matches but retired injured from her match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Rome Open.

Sharapova returned from her doping ban on April 26.

The second set came down to a titanic eighth game, where Konta converted her fifth break point of the set to take the initiative and level the match. However, the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on October 4, 2016 to cut her suspension term from 24 to 15 months.

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