Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, says rival Radwanska


With double French Open champion Sharapova now unranked, all eyes will be on the French Tennis Federation (FFT) next month when it decides whether or not to hand the 30-year-old a wildcard into the tournament.

After playing for Great Britain in the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs in Romania this weekend, she will head to Germany for one of the most eagerly anticipated WTA tournaments in some time.

The French Open will already be without the other biggest name in women's tennis after Serena Williams announced Thursday she is pregnant with her first child and will sit out the 2017 season.

Maria Sharapova has brushed off criticism from her rivals as she prepares to make her return next week in Stuttgart following her 15-month doping ban.

On the other hand, Sharapova is a five-time grand slam victor and former No. 1 player in the world.

With double French Open champion Sharapova unranked now, everybody will monitor the French Tennis Federation next month just to find out whether the 30-year-old Russian female player could count on a wildcard into the tournament or not.

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Meldonium, which was previously legal, was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier that year, but Sharapova claims she missed the memo instructing her to stop using it. "I think the same as Andy Murray", Radwanska, who has beaten Sharapova only twice in 15 attempts, told the newspaper.

"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".

If Sharapova is not offered a wildcard to the French Open, she still has a chance of competing via the qualifiers.

Williams, who has won a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era, has not been in action since January's Australian Open final win over sister Venus.

The absence of three-times victor Serena Williams, could be a factor as the women's game is short on big personalities.

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