Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sharapova misses out on French Open wild card after doping

Sharapova misses out on French Open wild card after doping

"Nothing is a disappointment after being away from the game for 15 months".

While she will at least have a chance to qualify for Wimbledon, the French Open will now be without the twice former victor as well as Roger Federer and the pregnant Serena Williams.

"I will be focused on my match", Sharapova said, adding that she would accept a qualifying wildcard.

"While there can be a wild card for return from injury, there can't be a wild card for return from doping", Giudicelli said. At the time, WTA CEO Steve Simon told German broadcaster ZDF she had paid the price. "She has complied with the sanction imposed", Simon said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.

"There are no grounds for any member of the TADP to penalise any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters". Though she had not heard Lucic-Baroni's comments, Sharapova insisted that such criticism did not distract her on the court.

She was on top in the third, but went off court for a medical timeout and returned with strapping on her left thigh.

Although she was able to hold for a 2-0 lead and somehow threatened to earn another break, it was no surprise to see Sharapova retire at the next change of ends. "Every week is important, and I treat every match - you know, I might have not played my best tennis, but I set up an opportunity to play another match and to hopefully improve in that match, and that's what I need".

"The French have decided what they want to do", Murray said, "and that's fine with me".

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Maria Sharapova has been hearing it from everywhere of late. "And, you know, I play tennis for a lot of things, and those are just not them anymore".

Sharapova, who has titles at all four majors, won at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014. "In some tournaments she's going to get that help in wild card and invitation; some not".

If Sharapova fails to reach the semi-finals in Rome, the Wimbledon Championships wildcard committee, which meets on June 20, would have to decide whether to fast-track her into the main draw or let her take her chances in qualifying.

Lucic-Baroni was making a comparison between Armstrong, who was banned from Olympic sports for life for a sophisticated and extensive doping scheme, and Sharapova, who was ruled to have unwittingly taken the drug Meldonium after it had been banned.

"This suspension is over and she can take her path toward new success", French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said.

Sharapova will find out today whether she has been handed a wildcard to this month's French Open. She also had opening-round losses in her previous two tournaments in Charleston and Madrid.

"It felt slow and the conditions are quite different to Madrid", the three-time Italian Open champion.

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