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Maria Sharapova will not request Wimbledon wildcard and must qualify

The Guardian
Friday 19 May 2017 15:58

• Sharapova will play Wimbledon qualifying in Roehampton
• Former champion has not got enough ranking points for main drawMaria Sharapova said on Friday she will not disturb the equilibrium at the All England Club by applying for a wildcard into the main draw – as good a pre-emptive strike as Napoleon might have conjured.While she has already accepted an invitation to play in the Birmingham tournament which starts on 19 June and had earlier made the cut by right into the qualifiers for Wimbledon a week later, she will have suspected her chances of being ushered back to the scene of her first grand slam triumph without hitting a ball were on a par with getting an invite to the christening of Serena Williams’s first child. Related: Maria Sharapova vows to rise again after being denied wildcard for French Open Continue reading...

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