Maria Sharapova responds to French Open denial: Nothing can stop my dreams

Hazel Gray
May 25, 2017

Federation president Bernard Giudicelli announced Tuesday that Sharapova would not be invited to play this month at Roland Garros.

Maria Sharapova has broken her silence after being denied a wild card for the French Open.

Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, a heart disease drug, at last year's Australian Open. "No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams".

"What also disappoints me is the fact that Wada has not conducted their business properly, that disappoints me more than the fact that Maria is not playing".

The federation chief had hinted Sharapova would not be welcome after agreeing with comments made by Andy Murray inMarch, in which the Briton claimed that she should have to work her way back to the top. She has complied with the sanction imposed by CAS.

"I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans", Giudicelli said.

Today, Sharapova published a statement on Twitter saying she will fight on despite the setback.

"While there can be a wild card for return from injury, there can't be a wild card for return from doping", Giudicelli said. Since her return and all her wild card entries, the two time French Open victor has received a lot of criticism from her fellow players but after her French Open snub WTA Chief Steve Simon came to her defence.

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It drew a withering response from Sharapova, although the Canadian won when the pair met in Madrid earlier this month. She is now ranked No. 211, which is too low for her to qualify for the French Open.

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash hopes the All England Club will "stay strong" and not offer Maria Sharapova a wildcard entry into this year's championships.

"I merely wished to say that I had decided not to award you the wild card that you had requested".

She could have saved them that dilemma by reaching the semi-finals in Rome to boost her ranking but withdrew injured from her match with Lucic-Baroni to complete a bad night.

Shriver said Sharapova needed to come to terms with what had happened and turn her attention to preparing for Wimbledon, where - if she is permitted entry - she is already one of the bookmakers' favourites for the title.

"I don't think a suspension should wipe out the career's worth of work", he said. CAS accepted that she had not been "an intentional doper".

Top-ranked players Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray spoke out against Sharapova receiving wild cards, while Eugenie Bouchard openly called her a "cheater" who should be banned for life.

For her part Sharapova said she remains fully committed to making a successful comeback from her doping ban, regardless of what assistance she receives.

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