Sharapova makes her comeback from a 15 month ban in Stuttgart next week ahead of the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. And Current world No 1 Angelique Kerber called the Stuttgart organisers’ decision “a little strange” ! Men’s world number one Murray has also voiced his disapproval about the return of Sharapova and said he does not want wildcards given out to athletes returning from drugs associated bans..
And now, in interview with the telegraph and with the newspaper of Poland, Agnieszka Radwanska says said ”Don’t give Sharapova slam spot’.”I’m not hiding my views. I think the same as Andy Murray,” ”Maria should rebuild her career in a different way, beginning with smaller events.”
”This kind of entry into the tournament should be available only for players who were dropped in the ranking due to injury, illness or other random accident. Not for those suspended for doping.”Maria should rebuild her career in a different way, beginning with smaller events ”. “She wouldn’t have a chance for (a wildcard) from my hands (if I was a tournament director).” !!
Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Federation also admitted that the decision was “complicated”.
The French Open starts on May 28. And Maria won the French Open in 2012 and 2014, and Agnieszka Radwanskasays has beaten Sharapova only twice in 15 attempts !! Roland Garros will already be missing another big draw to the women’s game as Serena Williams is expecting her first child.
She revealed that she was 20 weeks pregnant via Snapchat. So The absence of three-times winner Serena Williams also could be a factor as the women’s game is short on big personalities.
Double French Open champion Sharapova is currently unranked, French Open tennis organisers will decide on the May 15th whether to give two time champion Maria Sharapova a controversial wild card for the Grand Slam event.
Sharapova was originally banned for two years following a positive test for the newly-banned drug Meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open but the sanction was reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
So now Playing through the qualifying tournament is also a possibility for Sharapova, although in order to have a high enough ranking for the May 1 deadline to enter that she would probably have to win the Stuttgart title.
Maria definitely has technical skills, passion and hard-work put into this sport. So, in my opinion, she is overrated not as a “player”, but as a “person”.