Sharapova gets wild card for Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia - Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova said it was 'very special' after being handed an Australian Open wildcard Wednesday as she attempts to resurrect her career after an injury-plagued 2019.
The 32 year old, who won the tournament in 2008, has slipped down the rankings to 147, outside automatic qualification, and was bounced out of the Brisbane International this week in the first round. But the Russian remains a big name and she will line up at Melbourne Park for a 16th time since her debut in 2003.
"To be in the draw of the Australian Open is incredible," Sharapova said.
"So to have another chance, another opportunity, to compete on all those courts is very special."