Maria Sharapova handed wildcard for US Open

Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium
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16 August, 2017

Former world No1 Maria Sharapova is set to play her first grand slam event since returning from a drug ban after she was granted a wild card for this month's US Open.

There will be no such barrier in NY; she'll slide straight into the main draw.

In an extract from her soon-to-be-released autobiography, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, Sharapova details how the relationship between the pair fell apart after the Wimbledon final in 2004. She returned to the tour, but her ranking - now 148th - was too low to allow entry into major tournaments, and the French Open denied her a wild card.

"Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process", a statement from the US Tennis Association on Tuesday read.

Third-ranked Federer said he injured his back in Montreal, where he lost to Germany's Alexander Zverev in last Sunday's final in a key hard-court tune-up for the US Open.

Maria Sharapova has received wild card entry for the upcoming US Open.

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She won the US Open in 2006, her second of five major titles. The ruling determined that Sharapova was not guilty of doping but was not at fault for taking Meldonium after it was added to the banned substance list by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

After a 15-month long suspension for violating anti-doping regulations, Sharapova made her tour return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals.

The US Open starts in Flushing Meadows on August 28 (August 29 NZT). Tournament officials have decided, however, to give the 2006 champion a spot in the main draw.

Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard into the main draw at the US Open. "She said something like "good job" and smiled".

Sharapova is now placed at World No 148 and she did not take part in Cincinnati Open and Rogers Cup since she did not want to fall a prey to injury which would have ruled out her US Open appearance.

The 30-year-old Sharapova has not appeared in a Grand Slam since losing to American Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2016.


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