Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, says rival Radwanska

Jane Richards
April 21, 2017

Maria Sharapova will find out on May 15 whether she will be invited to compete at the French Open after returning from a doping ban, with organisers saying the absence of pregnant Serena Williams will have no bearing on their decision.

The Russian makes her return next Wednesday - the first day she is eligible to play - having been given a wildcard for Stuttgart's WTA tournament with some rivals disapproving of the organisers' decision.

When asked if Sharapova should be given French Open and Wimbledon wildcards, Becker said: "It would be foolish for the biggest tournaments in the world not to offer the most important players wildcards, and she's one of the most important players".

Maria Sharapova's first match back after her 15-month doping suspension could be against Johanna Konta after the Briton accepted a late wild card for the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. On a professional level she was a grand slam champion, she is a superstar in her sport.

Perhaps worryingly for Sharapova, Giudicelli is another influential figure who has previously been unenthusiastic about handing her a wildcard, whilst it is also notable that the announcement will come a week before the qualifying draw for Paris will begin, perhaps implying that she may receive a wildcard into that.

The substance was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list at the start of 2016. Sharapova, a five-time major champion, is now the 7th ranked player on the WTA tour. "I think the same as Andy Murray", Radwanska, who has beaten Sharapova only twice in 15 attempts, told the newspaper. Maria should rebuild her career in a different way, beginning with smaller events.

"This kind of entry into the tournament [a grand slam] should be available only for players who were dropped in the ranking due to injury, illness or other random accident".

The absence of three-times victor Serena Williams, could be a factor as the women's game is short on big personalities.

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