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Sharapova vows to 'rise up again' after French Open snub

Sharapova vows to 'rise up again' after French Open snub

Maria Sharapova retired from her Italian Open match citing an apparent left thigh injury hours after learning she would not be granted a wild card into the French Open.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), the governing body that ruled on the Sharapova's case, deemed her at "no significant fault" when reducing the suspension to 15 months from the initial 24.

"You can get a wild card when you return from injury but you cannot get a wild card when returning from a doping suspension", Giudicelli said.

The next flashpoint may come if she fails to come through that and the All England Club will be forced to decide whether the 30-year-old Russian, the Wimbledon victor as a teenager in 2004, is granted a wild-card entry.

'No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams.

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after scoring a point against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia during their Rome ATP Tennis Open tournament on Wednesday at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Then came the big snub - French Tennis president Bernard Giudicelli announcing that the 2012 and 2014 champion would play no part in this year's tournament which starts later this month.

"It's another great opportunity for Alex to test himself against the best players in the word", said Hewitt. "He took full advantage of his wildcard at the Australian Open, and will be looking to build on that at Roland Garros".

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Many of Sharapova's rivals have hit out at other tournaments giving her preferential treatment, but WTA chief executive Steve Simon called the actions of the French federation (FFT) "groundless", in a strongly worded statement backing her. Sharapova though seems to have taken FFT's decision by her stride.

"Regrettably, I've decided not to participate in the French Open", said the Swiss tennis superstar in a statement on his Twitter page on Monday.

Cash continued: "I would hope they (Wimbledon) would stay strong and say "no sorry, you have got to go through and play qualifying".

"It's not down to me to question that decision and, I repeat, we must respect decisions that were taken". "We can not decide, on the one hand, to increase the amount of funds we dedicate to the anti-doping battle and, on the other, invite her", he said in March.

Shriver said Sharapova needed to come to terms with what had happened and turn her attention to preparing for Wimbledon, where the Russian is already one of the bookmakers' favorites for the title.

"I don't think there should be wild cards for doping offenders".

Maria Sharapova's fate for a main draw entry at Wimbledon also lands in the hands of the authorities. "There are no grounds to penalise any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters".


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