Maria Sharapova through to second round in Rome

Rosalie Stanley
May 17, 2017

Three-time champion Maria Sharapova made a winning return to the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Monday, seeing off American Christina McHale in the opening round, 6-4, 6-2.

The 30-year-old Russian, playing her third tournament back after a 15-month doping ban, was leading 2-1 in the deciding set but was unable to continue after apparently injuring her left thigh which was heavily strapped.

She needs a semi-final run in Rome this week to claim a main draw spot at Wimbledon by right.

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"As you talk with players, it's very controversial", Forget told BBC Sport.

"Is it? It would be nice?" she said. "OK".

The French Open begins on May 28. She might be very disappointed, but it's my mission to protect the game, and to protect the high standards of game played without any doped on the result'.

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Pundits had initially speculated Sharapova might not be granted a wildcard to the tournament outright, but to qualifiers - where she could otherwise have been able to amass wins; his move means she will have absolutely no way to play the open whatsoever. Sharapova is still waiting to hear if she will receive a wildcard entry into Roland Garros starting a week from Sunday. Maybe they should give a wild card to Lance Armstrong, too?

The Russian player's last appearance at the Italian Open was in 2015, when she took the title after beating Spanish Carla Suarez.

The two-time French Open champion returned to the WTA Tour last month after serving a 15-month suspension for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

The Croatian has been really impressive, but a cause for concern for her will be the fact that she already lost to Sharapova this year at the Madrid Open.

Maria Sharapova's hopes of getting a wildcard in the upcoming French Open have been dashed.

"I know it does seem very convenient timing, but it is actually unrelated, genuinely unrelated", said Lewis, according to the BBC.

"I know the media dimension Maria has. I understand the expectations of the fans, sponsors and broadcasters", he further added. "But it didn't seem possible for me to go above the strong commitment and the respect for the anti-doping code".

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