Shara­pova gets Cincy wild­card

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Maria Shara­pova was on Thurs­day handed a wild­card into the Cincin­nati WTA tour­na­ment, a key warm-up for the US Open, the sea­son’s fi­nal Grand Slam which has yet to guar­an­tee the Rus­sian star a place.

For­mer world No 1 and five­time Grand Slam win­ner Shara­pova is still re­build­ing her ca­reer fol­low­ing a 15-month dop­ing ban which ended in April.

The Cincin­nati event, which runs from Au­gust 12-20, also granted a wild­card to Vic­to­ria Azarenka, the two-time ma­jor win­ner who only re­cently re­turned to the tour af­ter ma­ter­nity leave.

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