Maria Sharapova – delight, disappointment and injury

The Russian Tennis player, Maria Sharapova must have thought that “Lady luck” was on her side yesterday, when she defeated Christina McHale of America 6-4 6-2 at the Italian Open in Rome, and with it, qualified for the Wimbledon Championships in June this year.

Fast forward 24 hours, and before stepping on to the court in Rome for her next match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, she was advised that she will not receive a wild card entry for the French Open, which starts at the end of May.

Sharapova’s ranking was too low to qualify for the French Open so she relied on a wild card entry for either the qualifying round or the main draw, but Mr Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini, the French Tennis Federation chief, announced that they would give a wild card for a return from injury, but not for a return from doping. 

The Russian’s day then went from bad to worse, when she was forced to retire with a left thigh injury, during her match against Lucic-Baroni, with the score on 4-6 6-3 2-1 in her favour.

Sharapova, who as at 17 April 2017, was ranked No. 3 on the WTA Insider’s Clay Court Power Rankings, with an impressive 83% clay court success rate, will be bitterly disappointed not to have qualified for the French Open.

With Serena Williams expecting her first child and the topsy turvy performance of the Top 10 Ladies players this year, there is still no clear favourite for the title.

Sharapova will now need to wait until mid June to find out whether she will be given a wild card entry for Wimbledon. Had she reached the semi-finals of the Italian Open, she would have qualified for the main draw.