Maria Sharapova will battle it today out against the in form Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain.
This is Sharapova’s second wild card entry, after she received one to the Porsche Open in Stuttgart during April, where she overcame Roberta Vinci, Ekaterina Makarova and Anett Kontaveit, before falling to the eventual finalist, Kristina Mladenovic in three sets.
Sharapova, a finalist in Spain in 2013 and the 2014 title holder, will be aiming to gather as many points as she can, after it was announced by the All England Club CEO, Richard Lewis during a press conference held on Wednesday, that the former Wimbledon champion may receive a wild card entry to this year’s Wimbledon Championships.
The maths is simple – 80 points will see Sharapova in the qualifying draw and 400 points, in the main draw.
Sharapova, who looked very focused and certainly up for the challenge during the Porsche Open, is also tipped as a possible French Open title candidate this year.
With Serena Williams expecting her first child and the topsy turvy form of the other Top 10 players, anything is possible.
But for now, she will need to get past the likes of Lucic-Baroni, Bouchard and top seed, Kerber, all of whom are in the same draw as her in Spain.