Maria Sharapova Opts Against Wild Card To Play In Wimbledon Qualifying

Maria Sharapova will enter Wimbledon qualifying rather than request a main-draw wildcard as she continues her comeback from a 15 month drug ban.
The 30-year-old  has not yet managed to earn a high enough ranking to enter directly into the main Wimbledon draw 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.
“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 wild card into the main draw,” said Sharapova in a statement on her website.
“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.”
Had she reached the Italian Open semi-finals last week, Sharapova would have climbed high enough to make the main draw automatically, but she retired in her second-round match.

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