After being all happy and upbeat following her round one win at the 2017 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Tuesday turned out to be a nightmare day for Maria Sharapova in Rome.
In the afternoon, the Russian five-time Grand Slam winner learned that the French Tennis Federation declined to give her any type of wildcard for the 2017 French Open, ending her clay season after Rome.
Shortly after, Sharapova got to play her second-round match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni where things got even worse, as the Russian was forced to retire from the match early into the third set due to a thigh injury, putting a full-stop to her much-discussed comeback.
The shortened Rome campaign means Sharapova was not able to gather enough points to make the Wimbledon main draw. Unless she’s granted a wildcard, she will have to play qualifying in Roehampton to enter the grasscourt Grand Slam.