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Sharapova says won't request Wimbledon wildcard

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Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London © REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said she will not request a wildcard for this year's championships after failing to gain a high enough ranking for direct entry to the main draw.

The 30-year-old Russian, who returned last month from a 15-month doping ban, said on her website she would play in the qualifying event staged the week before.

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London © REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

"Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard," Sharapova said on her website.

The 2004 champion is ranked 211, below the cut-off for direct entry, although her first-round win at this week's Italian Open means she is assured a place in the qualifying tournament played a few miles away from Wimbledon.

Wimbledon's wildcard committee, which meets on June 20, could have granted a wildcard to the former world number one.

Sharapova would have needed to reach the semi-finals in Rome to climb high enough to gain a spot in the main Wimbledon draw, but she withdrew during her second round match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after injuring her left hamstring.

Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her match against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London © REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her match against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

On Tuesday, two-times French Open champion Sharapova was unexpectedly snubbed by organisers who decided against giving her a wildcard into the main draw or the qualifying event of this year's tournament, which begins on May 28.

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