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.
It was a disaster day for Maria. I heard she got a WC in Strasbourg, ironically a FFT sanctioned event as well as in Birmingham. I think she’ll be able to play Wimbledon qualifying by virtue of her ranking since she will be projected to be in Top 175 after Rome. Maria will come back strong for sure. She has at least a month to nurse her injury and play a full grass court swing.
She deserved that wild card, she already served her punishment, n she was 2 times former champions in RG. This is one tournament where she really deserved a wild card. I am really dissapointed with the FTF. Its not like she got away with the doping scandal, she received her punishment already, how long will the FTF wanna punish Maria..
Btw Marija, i think this was gonna be her RG dress:
I think that a wildcard into qualifying for the French Open would have been a good compromise.