Maria Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying tournament
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.