Shara­pova not wor­ried yet about Wim­ble­don

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Maria Shara­pova would love to com­pete at Wim­ble­don but the Rus­sian star says she is not yet wor­ried about whether she will be awarded a wild card fol­low­ing her dop­ing ban.

Af­ter mov­ing into the sec­ond round of the Madrid Open on Sun­day, Shara­pova said Wim­ble­don in July is “just too far down the line.”

Shara­pova de­feated Mir­jana Lu­cic-Ba­roni of Croa­tia in three sets for her fourth vic­tory since serv­ing a 15month ban for test­ing pos­i­tive for mel­do­nium.

She was elim­i­nated in the semi­fi­nals in Stuttgart last month in her first tour­na­ment since the ban.

Shara­pova said, “Th­ese tour­na­ments are re­ally im­por­tant. The match play that I have, get­ting my­self in th­ese sit­u­a­tions, get­ting out of them, will ul­ti­mately help me for those big events whether I’m in there or not.”

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