Even though Maria Sharapova technically doped at just one tournament, the 2015 Australian Open, with the substance that had been approved for years before that, on her return from a 15-month suspension the Russian is exposed to a tornado of insults and rejection, the last one being the rejection of a wildcard for Roland Garros. Possessing the fighting spirit that changed her destiny and brought her from Siberia to the top of the world, Sharapova will battle for her way back up step by step and today she has announced that she will not apply for a Wimbledon main-draw wildcard, rather, she will take the longer way through qualifying.
This is what the 30-year-old Sharapova said after being dumped by the French Open earlier this week:
Sharapova, who has improved her ranking to No.211 after playing Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome since her return, will have to win through three qualifying matches to earn a spot in Wimbledon’s main draw. Qualifying in Roehampton will be ticketed for the first time this year and each ticket will cost 5 GBP.
Ahead of Wimbledon, Sharapova will play the grasscourt tournament in Birmingham, for which she received a wildcard a few months ago.
My opinion is that the French Open is wrong for not awarding Sharapova a wildcard. Some WTA players argue that Sharapova doesn’t deserve a privileged status, but I disagree, because her biography definitely puts her ahead of the rest and also remember that at tournaments local players often get the privilege of a wildcard, so we can argue that it’s unfair to players from other countries who don’t host WTA tournaments.