Maria Sharapova receives Australian Open wildcardJanuary 8, 2020
- Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova
was on Wednesday handedan Australian Open wildcardas she attempts to resurrect her career after an injury-plagued 2019.
- The 32-year-old, who won the tournament in 2008, has slipped down the rankings to 147, outside automatic qualification, and was bounced out of the Brisbane International this week in the first round.
- But the Russian remains a big name and she will line up at Melbourne Park once again after it was announced on the tournament website that she would be a wildcard. Until Brisbane, Sharapova had not played since a first-round loss to career-long rival Serena Williams at the US Open in August, with her season ruined by a shoulder injury.