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Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying

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Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying

Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying

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After being denied a French Open wildcard, Maria Sharapova has chosen to enter qualifying for Wimbledon following her ban for taking prohibited substances.

Maria Sharapova has announced she will not seek a wild card entry to the main Wimbledon draw and intends to try and progress through qualifying for the grand slam event. 

Sharapova returning after drugs ban

The Russian returned to competitive action in April after serving a 15-month ban for failing a drugs test at the 2016 Australian Open.

A five-time slam winner, the 30-year-old was denied a wildcard entry to next month's French Open but will not be relying on that route to try and claim a berth at the All England Club in July.

"Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will… be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wild card into the main draw," Sharapova, who withdrew from this week's Italian Open with a thigh injury, wrote on her website.

Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying

Italian Open injury improving

"I have already started getting treatment on the injury I sustained a few days ago in Rome, and will begin my preparation as soon I get better," said the Russian.

Sharapova won her first grand slam singles title at Wimbledon in 2004, surprising Serena Williams in the final. After her French Open snub, Sharapova was granted a wildcard to compete in the AEGON Classic in Birmingham next month.

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