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Maria Sharapova in no hurry to make Wimbledon; every tie ‘a priority’, she says

Maria Sharapova will learn on Tuesday if she is to be given a wildcard for the French Open, with the 30-year-old Russian having only returned from a 15-month doping ban last month.

tennis Updated: May 16, 2017 11:56 IST
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Victory over Christina McHale in Rome ensured Maria Sharapova can compete in Wimbledon qualifying. (AFP)

Maria Sharapova insisted she had no idea that Monday’s straight-sets WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia win against Christina McHale had sealed a spot in the Wimbledon qualifiers.

The Russian’s 6-4 6-2 triumph in Rome ensured she will move into the world’s top 200, which secures a qualifying berth for the grass-court grand slam. Should she reach the semis in Italy, she would be set for a place in the main draw at SW19.

Maria Sharapova will learn on Tuesday if she is to be given a wildcard for the French Open, with the 30-year-old having only returned from a 15-month doping ban last month.

Told in her post-match media conference that she had opened to the door to a Wimbledon return, Maria Sharapova – champion at the All England Club in 2004 – said: “I don’t know how the Wimbledon qualifying works or the rankings. I’m not really aware of that.

“Winning matches will get me places, so if that’s where it got me, then I will take it.

“I think maybe you guys assume that I know these things, but I genuinely want to take care of each and every single week, and every single match is a priority for me.

“The fact that I’m back and playing three weeks in a row now and three events in a row for me is a big deal. That’s my focus.”

Wimbledon makes its call on wildcard entries on June 20.

First Published: May 16, 2017 11:47 IST