Maria Shara­pova to en­ter Wim­ble­don qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JUSTIN PALMER

LON­DON — Maria Shara­pova will play in the Wim­ble­don qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment.

The 2004 cham­pion at the All Eng­land Club, who re­turned last month from a 15-month dop­ing ban, said Fri­day on her web­site that she will not re­quest a wild card into the main draw at Wim­ble­don.

“Be­cause of my im­proved rank­ing af­ter the first three tour­na­ments of my re­turn, I will also be play­ing the Qual­i­fy­ing of Wim­ble­don in Roe­hamp­ton, and will not be re­quest­ing a wild card into the main draw,” the five-time Grand Slam cham­pion wrote.

Shara­pova, 30, had her re­quest for a French Open wild card re­jected this week.

She re­tired from her sec­ond-round match at the Ital­ian Open on Tues­day af­ter ap­par­ently in­jur­ing her left thigh.

Since the end of her ban, Shara­pova has used wild­card en­tries to play three events on the WTA Tour to get her world rank­ing up to a level where she can au­to­mat­i­cally en­ter any­where again.

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