No French Open wildcard for Maria Sharapova

No French Open wildcard for Maria Sharapova

No French Open wildcard for Maria Sharapova

Taking advantage of another wildcard upon her return from a doping ban, Sharapova overcame a shaky opening set to defeat 58th-ranked American Christina McHale 6-4 6-2 in the first round.

"Nobody can deprive her of her two titles here in Roland Garros, but these two titles she had conquered them according to the rules and behold nothing to anyone".

Sharapova, a twice French Open champion, returned from a 15-month doping suspension last month and Giudicelli said that the Russian had needed to earn her spot on the court.

She will qualify for Wimbledon's main draw if she reaches the Rome semis.

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She had said she would "play the junior competition" if it meant she could compete at the French Open - a tournament that has provided some of her greatest career moments. "But it's my responsibility, it's my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game".

Sharapova also said that she was unaware of this week's rankings deadline for the Wimbledon qualifying draw.

The 35-year-old Lucic-Baroni, who made a surprise run to the semifinals of the Australian Open in January, made it clear how she feels about Sharapova's continued presence at tournaments via wild cards.

It was a surprising response from Sharapova, but one that perhaps indicates that she was quietly confident anyway of being handed a wild card if she had not earned a place by right.

"I'll focussed on my match, I'm playing tomorrow", Sharapova said; "But nothing is a disappointment after being away from the game for 15 months".

While Stosur stumbled on her preferred surface there were no issues for Maria Sharapova.

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

"I read the results of several polls and I could see that about two-thirds were in favour of Maria being granted a wildcard, of course I felt some pressure", he explained. I certainly have expectations of myself. "But it didn't seem possible for me to go above the strong commitment and the respect for the anti-doping code".

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