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Maria Sharapova granted US Open wild card

16 August 2017

Maria Sharapova will make her first appearance at a grand-slam event since serving her doping ban after being handed a wild card for the US Open. "But we are not", Sharapova wrote.

In an extract from her soon-to-be-released autobiography, Unstoppable: My Life So Far, Sharapova details how the relationship between the pair fell apart after the Wimbledon final in 2004.

Sharapova is now ranked No. 148 in the world.

"Sharapova has volunteered to speak to young tennis players at the USTA National Campus about the importance of the tennis anti-doping program and the personal responsibility each player has to comply with the program's requirements", the statement said.

Maria Sharapova will have a chance to rewrite her narrative come the 2017 US Open.

Sharapova is hopeful of winning a wildcard to the final grand slam of 2017, the US Open, which begins on August 28. "In her last visit to NY, in 2014, she fell to Caroline Wozniacki in the round of 16", the USTA said in a statement on Tuesday, reports Efe.

The Russian former world number one returned from a doping ban in April but has struggled with injury, which ruled her out of trying to qualify for Wimbledon.

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The Open had never denied a wild card to a past champion that required it. Martina Hingis, Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt were granted wild cards coming off injury impacted seasons.

The US Open, which offers $24 million in prize money up for grabs, is scheduled to be held between August 28 and September 10 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY.

The 30-year-old has since withdrawn from both the Rogers Cup in Montreal and in Cincinnati but despite her injury fears, the USTA has opted to hand the five-time Grand Slam champion direct entry into the main draw.

French Open chiefs took a stand earlier in the year when they refused to give Sharapova a wildcard into the first round OR qualifying.

In her first United States match since March 2015, Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 at Stanford.

Sharapova hasn't played in a major since she lost to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals on January 25, 2016.

Maria Sharapova granted US Open wild card