Shara­pova gets wild card for Aus­tralian Open

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

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."

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