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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
Victory over Christina McHale in Rome ensured Maria Sharapova can compete in Wimbledon qualifying.
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.